New Technology Makes Oak Wilt Detection Faster, More Affordable

New technology developed by U of M researchers, supported in part by MnDRIVE, can detect oak wilt fungus earlier, faster, and at a lower cost than prior methods. 

“Oak wilt is the second greatest invasive disease threat to Minnesota’s plants, second only to Dutch elm disease. The loss of elms transformed many of our urban and hardwood forests. We don’t want our oaks to be next,” said Robert Venette, Director of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) at the University of Minnesota.

Read the full story in the Brainerd Dispatch.