A team of researchers have confirmed that one of the two known species that causes Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death has tested positive in 5 ‘ōhi‘a trees on Kaua‘i. The species identified is Ceratocystis huliohia (formerly called Species B). This species, while slower-acting than Ceratocystis lukuohia, is just as deadly and a serious concern for Kaua‘i’s forests. There is still a lot unknown about this pathogen, but research to learn more is ongoing.
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In light of the recent detection of ROD on Kaua‘i, here is are recommendations to help prevent the spread of ROD across the state.
- Do Not Transport ‘Ōhi‘a Interisland
- Avoid areas known to have ROD whenever possible
- Always clean your shoes and gear before AND after visiting the forest
For more information, please visit: rapidohiadeath.org
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