One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease of various oaks and other forest trees, sometimes resulting in sudden death as a result of bark cankers that encircle the trunk.
The infecting organism is the water mold Phytophthora Ramorum
- ‘Among the examples cited: sudden oak death, now ravaging California's trees by the thousands, and citrus canker, wreaking havoc on Florida despite $200 million spent to control it.’
- ‘The training will focus on identifying sudden oak death, a disease not yet found in Nebraska that kills oaks and other plants, Chaky said.’
- ‘Laboratory tests indicate that eastern red and pin oaks, some blueberry varieties, and perhaps certain rhododendrons, viburnums, and other landscape plants are highly susceptible to sudden oak death.’
- ‘The genus Phytophthora includes, besides the species that attacks potatoes, one that has alarmed the West Coast with sudden oak death.’
- ‘The disease, which does not affect humans and is not a food safety concern, is also known as sudden oak death.’
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