Sudden oak death in California

A mathematical model designed to assess and plan the management of plant diseases finds that management measures likely cannot slow the spread of sudden oak death across California, but can help reduce tree mortality on a local scale, and that a large monetary investment in management during the early stages of the epidemic might have minimized the spread of sudden oak death throughout California, according to a study. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-02153: “Modeling when, where, and how to manage a forest epidemic, motivated by sudden oak death in California,” by Nik J. Cunniffe, Richard C. Cobb, Ross K. Meentemeyer, David M. Rizzo, and Christopher A. Gilligan.