Sudden Oak Death
Premiere Date: 8/20/2001; 29 minutes

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This program examines the disease Sudden Oak Death (SOD) which is attacking oaks and now other trees and plants in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Program shows the symptoms of SOD on oaks, explains the cause of the disease, and outlines steps people can take to help slow its spread.  Includes interviews with UC horticulturist Pavel Svihra who discovered and named this disease, UC Davis plant pathologist David Rizzo who discovered the pathogen responsible, and Forester Kent Julin of the Marin County Fire Dept. who discusses the fire danger associated with dead and dying trees. (#5929)

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