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Study Released Examining Potential Distribution of a ROD-Causing Fungus & Impact on Native Plants

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A team led by U.S. Geological Survey researchers has investigated the overlap in ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorhpa) distribution and the environmental range of Ceratocystis lukuohia, one of two fungal pathogens causing the disease known as Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death. The impact of ROD is expected to reach many native plant species beyond ʻōhiʻa , including endangered plant species.

State Releases New Finding: Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Confirmed in Hāmākua

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The Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources has released findings of a confirmed case of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death on the Big Island's Hāmākua coast. The disease was confirmed in a large, old growth ʻōhiʻa located in the Laupahoehoe Section of the Hilo Forest Reserve. State forest managers will work with the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death working group to identify the best actions for dealing with the tree and preventing the spread of ROD to surrounding forest.

Local Artist Crowdfunds to Help Fight Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Fungus

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Local Oʻahu-based artist, Laurie Sumiye, has collaborated with the Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) outreach and education team to fundraise for ROD decontamination kits for the public. In addition to sharing information about the threat of ROD here in Hawaiʻi and reporting possibly infected ʻōhiʻa trees, residents and visitors are encouraged to help by decontaminating shoes and gear before and after visiting forests or areas known to have ROD fungus. Laurie Sumiye has donated her artwork to the "I Love ʻŌhiʻa" crowdfunding campaign to raise $4000 for decontamination kits. The fundraiser, which has almost reached its stretch-goal of $7000, was covered by Big Island Video News.