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Research Project: Forests Without Trees: Filling Critical Gaps to Help Control the Emerging Threat of Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death (ROD) in Hawaii

Location: Tropical Plant Genetic Resources and Disease Research

Project Number: 2040-21000-017-08-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Dec 1, 2016
End Date: Feb 28, 2019

The objectives of the project are to develop early detection and rapid response protocols for ROD, coordinate and conduct research critical to determining effective treatment options, and provide information exchange among land managers, scientists and stakeholders through the ROD working group.

The approach for early detection and rapid response (EDRR) would be to respond to reports of diseased trees, collect samples for testing, and conduct follow-up surveys to locate other diseased trees in the area. The EDRR team would also work with USDA, U.S. Geological Survey, and University of Hawaii researchers to implement and evaluate treatment methods. We propose to augment existing field studies by carrying out a series of plot-scale measurements on the spread of ROD from untreated and treated plots that have infected trees.