Sudden Oak Death webcast

06 Jul
August 5, 2020 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Rachel McCarthy
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The First Detector Program will hold a Sudden Oak Death webcast on August 5th from 12:30 to 1:30 pm EDT.

In this webcast, Rachel Bomberger, Jenny Glass, and Marianne Eliot from Washington State University will explain how to recognize and identify symptoms of Sudden Oak Death.

First Detector, a program of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN), equips a nationwide network of individuals to rapidly detect and report the presence of invasive, exotic plant pathogens and arthropods. Since 2003, more than 17,500 participants have attended First Detector training sessions, and programs have been offered in all 50 states and each U.S. territory.

Early discovery is imperative for eradicating or controlling the spread of invasive species, and First Detectors play an essential role in this. As an invasive species’ population increases and spreads undetected, the resources necessary to combat its further spread increase exponentially and the likelihood of eradication approaches impossible. With international trade and travel accelerating the frequency of exotic pest introductions, we need as many people as possible monitoring for new pests so we can detect their presence early and reduce their total impact on our economy and environment.

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