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Department of Plant Pathology
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One Shields Avenue - Davis, CA 95616-8751
Department Business Office: 354 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (530) 752 -0300 - Fax: (530) 752-5674
Department Chair: Dave Rizzo
     
UC Davis Department of Plant Pathology

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The mission of the UC Davis Plant Pathology department is to improve plant health in the agricultural and natural landscape, so as to ensure long term food security and continuation of natural resource availability at the local, national and global scale.


Through partnerships with producers, regulatory agencies, consumer communities and industry, we seek to identify key disease problems, develop short, medium and long-term solutions, and disseminate critical management information.


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Department of Plant Pathology News

The Survivors: Sugar Pine Trees and the Future Forest
The Survivors: Sugar Pine Trees and the Future Forest
07-Nov-19
Kat Kerlin, UC Davis News and Media Relations
California’s drought and bark-beetle infestation killed more than 129 million trees between 2012 and 2016 in the Sierra Nevada. But amid the devastation stood some survivors. At the time, UC Davis biologist Patricia Maloney and a team of researchers entered the forest to collect seeds from 100 surviving sugar pine trees. Alongside other parched sugar pines etched with the tell-tale tunnel marks of bark beetles, were green, healthy trees. The researchers spent the past two years raising 10,000 seedlings from 100 surviving mother trees around the Lake Tahoe Basin. They were first cultivated at the USDA Forest Service’s Placerville Nursery and then moved to the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station.


A tiny beetle has decimated hundreds of SoCal trees. Now experts are worried about Sacramento
19-Sep-19
Michael Finche II, SacBee
City of Sacramento urban forester Kevin Hocker talks about the impact of the polyphagous shot hole borer on July 25, 2019 in Sacramento. The insect has killed many trees in Southern California, and it seems to be moving northward.


UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse
UC Davis Experts Investigate Cause of Sudden Grapevine Collapse
26-Aug-19
American Vineyard Magazine
Grapevines are suddenly dying in Lodi and the coastal grape growing regions of California, and the cause is currently unknown. A team of extension experts at UC Davis are currently working with the industry to investigate this issue that is becoming more prevalent in the state. Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Akif Eskalen as he explains and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine.


UC researchers probe mystery vine collapse
10-Jul-19
Lee Allen
Western FarmPress
A team of researchers, headed by plant pathologists from University of California, Davis, is responding to a growing concern over a malady known simply as mysterious vine collapse.