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Desiccation at Ambient Temperature Effectively Preserves Plant Tissues Infected with Phytophthoras

F. S. Ockels, M. V. DiLeo, and P. Bonello

March 2007


Conventionally, plant samples collected in the course of field surveys for Phytophthora spp. (e.g., in the context of the US Forest Service-sponsored national P. ramorum survey of forest environments) are either processed immediately or stored at low temperatures and processed as soon as possible for detection by molecular methods. In order to extend the useful life of the sample, a method involving tissue desiccation was explored for effectively storing Phytophthora-infected plant leaves.


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