SERCAL 2017 Technical Session — Looking Back at Early Restoration Projects: How have they fared the test of time?
Our research has established performance and efficacy criteria that demonstrate the risk can easily be avoided by the application of solarization techniques between uses of pots and other horticultural containers.
With the broad range of plants susceptible to Phytophthora and other plant pathogens, there is the potential in restoration activities to inadvertently introduce Phytophthora-infected nursery stock into sensitive habitats, setting up a direct pathway for pathogen introduction and spread, and destroying the ecological values that restoration is trying to enhance.
SERCAL 2016 Poster Presentations
SERCAL 2016 Technical Session — Preventing the Spread of Plant Pathogens
In 2012 the first detection was made of a new plant pathogen, Phytophthora tentaculata (USDA), in a native nursery in California and the potential for restoration nurseries to be direct vectors of pathogens to wildland sites became chillingly clear. Our paradigm as to the “responsible” or “right way” to revegetate is being challenged.
The effects of an ongoing drought may result in plant diseases and insect infestations along with increased erosion, a decrease in air quality and degradation of landscape and habitat, along with an increased risk of fire due to drier vegetation. While the environments can quickly bounce back from short-term droughts, it’s the long-term droughts that cause the most damage to not only animal life but plant life too.