The restoration of forests with active rapid ‘Ohi’a death infections may be possible

Positive news for ‘ohi’a restoration in Hawai’i! A new USGS study indicates that ‘ohi’a seedlings planted into sites with active Rapid ‘Ohi’a Death (ROD) infections can survive for at least one year. ROD is a newly emerging disease that has killed at least 1 million ‘ohi’a – a tree that is foundational to the Hawaiian landscape and culture. Its loss is detrimental to endangered birds and plants, ecosystem processes, and the cultural heritage of Hawaiians.

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