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Demonstration of application methods for new Sudden Oak Death treatment

02 October 2003

ATTENTION: Reporters covering Sudden Oak Death

Contact: Sarah Yang
(510) 643-7741 scy@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

A demonstration by Matteo Garbelotto, an adjunct assistant professor of ecosystem sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, of the first and only treatment for Sudden Oak Death approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The treatment was registered Wednesday, Oct. 1, on a fast-tracked basis.

The decision was based upon research conducted by Garbelotto, one of the world's leading experts on Sudden Oak Death, showing that the treatment is effective in preventing or slowing down infection in oak and tanoak trees. He will demonstrate the techniques used to treat these trees.

A full release and FAQ will be available online by 9 a.m. at http://newscenter.berkeley.edu, and at the demonstration.

1 p.m. TODAY, Thursday, Oct. 2

A large oak tree just south of Tolman Hall in the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus. The tree is in an open area outside of Tolman, Hilgard and Morgan halls.