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Algae assault hits redwoods, firs
Sacramento Bee ^
| September 5, 2002
| Edie Lau
Posted on 09/05/2002 11:15:23 PM PDT by farmfriend
Edited on 04/12/2004 5:42:25 PM PDT by Jim Robinson.
The pathogen that's killed oak trees by the tens of thousands on the Northern California coast also is infecting redwoods and Douglas firs -- two of the state's most valued trees -- researchers confirmed Wednesday.
Scientists from the University of California, Davis, and UC Berkeley said there's no evidence, however, that the fungus-like algae that causes Sudden Oak Death is killing the evergreen trees. The best-case scenario is that it will prove to cause only cosmetic damage.
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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: algae; environmentalists; forest; government
To: Carry_Okie; Grampa Dave; forester; sasquatch; B4Ranch; SierraWasp; hedgetrimmer; christie; ...
Supposedly, SODS is likely to be fatal to most species of oaks - hope it never appears east of the Rockies.
The change could be as complex as global warming... or... fire suppression, logging and urbanization.
I intended to post a sarcastic reply that the algae problem was caused by global warming, but the writer beat me to it.
|Maybe scientists could genetically engineer an air-breathing Plecostomus?
For now, the state's strategy for controlling the spread of the organism is regulating the shipment of wood products from infested areas.
We have a pathogen that is almost certainly spread by birds and this is all they can think of.
Are you positive that this pathogen isn't caused by rust from the sawmill blades or the buildup of algae in the sawmill ponds?
posted on 09/06/2002 9:05:08 AM PDT
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