2015 Guidelines for Thousand Cankers Disease Now Available

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The 2015 guidelines for Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) survey are now available from the United States Department of Agriculture: Forest Service and Plant Protection & Quarantine. These guidelines provide guidance on standardized techniques for USDA-supported surveys to detect TCD on symptomatic walnut. The combined activity of the fungus, Geosmithia morbida, and the walnut twig beetle, Pityophthorus juglandis, cause numerous cankers in association with insect galleries causing mortality on black walnut. Although TCD is native to portions of the southwestern United States, the true distribution of this complex across the country is not known. To date, TCD is confirmed in 16 states across the country. States with significant walnut resources have issued phytosanitary regulations restricting the movement of walnut out of and within areas known to have the disease. This survey continues to support state regulations. Black walnut is a significant economic, social, and environmental resource and appears to be highly susceptible to TCD.

To view the guidelines, click here.

For more information about TCD, please visit http://www.thousandcankers.com or contact:

Julie Spaulding, National Policy Manager, 301-851-2184, Julie.S.Spaulding@aphis.usda.gov

Bruce Moltzan, National Program Leader: Forest Pathology, 703- 605-5336, bmoltzan@fs.fed.us