Drought Slows Sudden Oak Death’s Spread

Dec 28, 2014

Bay laurel tree leaves that show the effects of the microbe that causes Sudden Oak Death are far less common this summer, an unexpected result of three years of drought.

  The pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death needs water to spread. So the drought has become an unexpected ally in the fight against the arboreal disease.

Find more information about Sudden Oak Death, including maps of its spread, here. The infographic below summarizes the basics of the disease.