Tracking the sudden oak death pathogen


Dr. David E. L. Cooke, Fax: +44 (0) 1382 568578; E-mail:


Invasive species are, by definition, unwelcome and pathogenic ones, especially so. Tracing the origins and spread of Phytophthora ramorum, the devastating ‘Sudden Oak Death’ pathogen, in the forests and nurseries of Oregon has revealed differences between forest and nursery pathogen populations that suggest discrete sources of primary inoculum initiate each type of outbreak. New information on the ecology and evolution of this pathogen is presented that helps gauge the effectiveness of quarantine and eradication programmes.