04 January 2019 |

Is habitat restoration actually killing plants in California wildlands?

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imageIn 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native
imageIn 2014, plant biologists with the California Department of Agriculture reported an alarming discovery: native wildflowers and herbs, grown in nurseries and then planted in ecological restoration sites around California, were infected with Phytophthora tentaculata, a deadly exotic plant pathogen that causes root and stem rot. While ecologists have long been wary of exotic plant pathogens borne on imported ornamental plants, this was the first time in California that these microorganisms had......

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