Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program awards Dr. Monique Sakalidis for her work on Epidemiology, biology and population genetics of Oak Wilt

MSU Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, and Department of Forestry’s Dr. Monique Sakalidis and her collaborators, including Dr. Deb McCullough, Dr. Bert Cregg and Dr. Jan Byrne, will focus on refining Michigan-specific oak wilt control measures. They will study the epidemiology, biology and population genetics of oak wilt. They will monitor fungal spore production and host tree susceptibility, and evaluate molecular methods to identify infected trees and the source of spread. They will also determine high-risk periods when insects are most likely to introduce the oak wilt fungus into trees.


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