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Posted Fri Apr 18 2008: from Science Daily (US):
"Sudden Oak Death" Pathogen Is Evolving, Restriction On Movement Of Infected Plants Urged
The pathogen responsible for Sudden Oak Death first got its grip in California's forests outside a nursery in Santa Cruz and at Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County before spreading out to eventually kill millions of oaks and tanoaks along the Pacific Coast, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.... "In this paper, we actually reconstruct the Sudden Oak Death epidemic," said Matteo Garbelotto, UC Berkeley... [the] principal investigator of the study. "We point to where the disease was introduced in the wild and where it spread from those introduction points." The study, scheduled to appear later this month in the journal Molecular Ecology, also shows that the pathogen is currently evolving in California, with mutant genotypes appearing as new areas are infested.
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What will they do when find "oak patient zero" of this oakish HIV? Stop him from traveling?

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