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Steaming Inactivates Phytophthora ramorum, Causal Agent of Sudden Oak Death and Ramorum Blight, from Infested Nursery Soils in California

W. Schweigkofler, K. Kosta, V. Huffman, S. Sharma, K. Suslow, and S. Ghosh

March 2014


The aim of this study was to test (i) if steaming is a suitable method to inactivate P. ramorum from infested soils in a research nursery, (ii) the time frame and costs for a steaming event, and (iii) if steaming is an option for treating soil of a commercial nursery which is under federal quarantine.


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