Swiss Needle Cast of Douglas-Fir

Plant Disease
Swiss needle cast (Phaeocryptopus gaumanni) is a fungal disease of Douglas-fir trees, native to the North American pacific coast, which causes needle and color loss. Topics discussed include, winter-spring symptoms, summer-fall symptoms, and control.

New website focusing on species of Phytophthora launched by OSU Professor Jennifer Parke.

Forest Phytophthoras of the World is an international resource for the latest information on ten major species of Phytopthora.

Hearing date set for possible expansion of the Sudden Oak Death (SOD) quarantine area in Southern Oregon.

A hearing is scheduled to discuss proposed changes to the quarantine area and allow use of an oak from disease free area.

Root Death in the Landscape

Nursery Crops
A discussion about the importance of plant root health in the landscape environment and the factors that can influence root system health. The authors address a variety of topics that influence root health ranging from nursery production methods to landscape practices.

European Crane Fly

Insects
Washington State University affiliated entomologist discusses the European crane fly (Tipula paludosa) and it's impact in the Pacific Northwest. Topics addressed include it's introduction into North America, lifecycle, biological and environmental controls, and chemical controls.

The Columbia Root-Knot Nematode Problem

Management
In 1982, new regulations were put in place by Canada in an attempt to limit the Columbia root-knot nematode from spreading to Canada. In regard to the nematode, the author discusses; the problem, distribution, habitat, life cycle, hosts, and controls.

Flatheaded Apple Tree Borer & Pacific Flatheaded Borer: Live Larvae - Dead Trees

Insects
A discussion about the flatheaded apple tree borer (Chrysobothris femorata Olivier) and the Pacific flatheaded borer (Chrysobothris mali Horn). The authors offer information concerning; physical descriptions, habits, life cycle, damage, and several control methods.

Grafted Tree Survival Increased, Grafting Season Extended by Inexpensive Hot-Callusing Device

Propagation
Studies were conducted to test the effectiveness of using a hot-callusing device when grafting a variety of different trees. The authors discuss the results of the hot-callusing method and it's effects on apple, peach, pear, prune, and Douglas-fir trees.

Pine Needle Sheath Mite Damages Ornamental Pines in the Pacific Northwest

Insects
The pine needle sheath mite, Trisetacus campnodus (Acarina: Eriophyidae), was reported to be causing damage first on plantation scotch pine. The mite was then discovered on two other pines, black pine (Pinus nigra), and cluster pine (Pinus pinaster).

Leaf Necrosis - Defoliation

Plant disorders
The Oregon State University affiliated author discusses leaf necrosis, specifically two of the frequent causes of leaf necrosis and/or defoliation. Water and heat stress, and 'anthracnose' are addressed in relation to their contribution to leaf necrosis and/or defoliation.

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