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DLNR Completes Rapid 'Ohi'a Death Statewide Surveys

DLNR and YOU Video

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Aerial surveys reveal that there are three large ROD infected areas on Hawaii Island: the District of Puna, upper Wailuku River and South Kona. The estimated area of impact has increased to 47,000 acres on Hawaii Island. Surveys will be conducted annually for each island and two times per year for Hawaii Island.
 

ʻŌhiʻa Wilt: Sampling ʻŌhiʻa trees for infection with Ceratocystis fimbriata

Video on how to take samples from ʻōhiʻa suspected of having Ceratocystis wilt or Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

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See a short video on how to take samples from ʻōhiʻa suspected of having Ceratocystis wilt or Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (video updated December 2017). WARNING: Injuring ʻōhiʻa trees like this may kill them. Be sure the tree you are cutting is already dying. On Hawaiʻi Island, samples may be submitted to Dr. Lisa Keith, USDA, Agriculture Research Service, Daniel K. Inouye Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center; Lisa.Keith@ars.usda.gov; 808-959-4357. On other islands samples may be submitted to the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Plant Quarantine Branch (PQB) on each island.

Seeding the future of the ʻōhiʻa tree

Video from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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University of Hawaiʻi scientists are working diligently to protect and preserve the ʻōhiʻa tree, which is being threatened by Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death, also known as ROD. The disease has already decimated more than 34,000 acres on Hawaiʻi Island, leaving once lush forests scattered with the white skeletons of dead ʻōhiʻa trees.
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