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News - October 19, 2011

Sharp rise in sudden oak death disease

The results are in for Woodside and Portola Valley and they are sobering. Biologists are coming to the Portola Valley Community Hall for a 7 p.m. meeting on Friday, Oct. 21, to discuss their analysis of local botanical samples for sudden oak death, which kills oak and other tree species.

Locally, the disease may be on it way to becoming rampant. Results for 2011 from the Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab at the University of California at Berkeley show that of the 344 samples gathered in Woodside and Portola Valley, about 70 percent, or 242 samples, came back positive for the disease.

Results from 2008, 2009 and 2010 workshops in Portola Valley and Woodside averaged 26 percent, according to the lab's website.

While there is no cure yet for the disease, there are treatments and a treatment workshop is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Portola Valley Ranch community house at 1 Indian Crossing.

Visit tinyurl.com/SOD-2011 for more information.

Or visit suddenoakdeath.org.

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