Press & Recognition

CBS San Francisco VIDEO—August 15, 2012—"Marin Scientists Using Steam To Eradicate Sudden Oak Death"

KTVU Channel 2 VIDEO—August 15, 2012—"San Rafael: Steam is key to newly discovered treatment for sudden oak death"

Mercury News—August 15, 2012—"Sudden oak death steam treatment discovered at Marin college"

Contra Costa Times—August 15, 2012—"Sudden oak death steam treatment discovered at Marin college"

Marin Independent Journal—August 14, 2012—"Sudden oak death steam treatment discovered at Dominican University"

SFGate—August 14, 2012—"Steam shown to kill Calif. plant disease"

Press Release: Washington—April 2, 2012—"USDA Urges Americans to Prevent Invasive Pests, Protect American Agriculture"

Marin Independent Journal—February 10, 2010—"Dominican seeks OK for lab on hillside"

NorthBay Business Journal—October 26, 2009—"Dominican Univ. receives $1 million to study Sudden Oak Death"

Marin Independent Journal—October 21, 2009—"Federal grant fuels Dominican study of sudden oak death"


NORS-DUC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Press Release


Certificates of Recognition:



NORS-DUC testimonials

“The UK’s Food and Environment Research Agency of Defra is pleased to see the emergence of this important new research facility that will address practical Phytophthora ramorum science questions in support of the nursery industry and policy makers. This initiative will enable important research to be done to minimize impacts and spread of P. ramorum in the nursery trade, protecting both the industry and the wider environment.  We look forward to continuing our long-standing trans-Atlantic cooperation on this important pathogen and exploring opportunities to link together our respective research activities for mutual benefit.”

Dr. Alan Inman, Scientific Adviser Plant and Bee Health Policy Program, Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), United Kingdom

“The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased that an ornamentals research site is being established here in California. This is the result of much effort on the part of CDFA, the nursery industry, USDA, and Dominican University. This site will be an invaluable resource to the nursery industry as it will further research to improve the production of clean, disease free nursery stock through the use of practical, good nursery practices. The Department is committed to this project and looking forward to working with our partners across the nation as well as internationally.”

—Kathleen Kosta, Primary State Plant pathologist, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture


“SAF has strongly supported using funds provided by Section 10201 of the Farm Bill to establish the NORS-DUC.  The research activities conducted at this new site will certainly help achieve the very important goal of improved safeguarding of ornamentals plant production.”

—Lin Schmale, Senior Director of Government Relations, Society of American Florists


“I am very excited about this project as it promotes so much of what the California Oak Mortality Task Force Strives for: cooperative, collaborative work to minimize the impacts of Phytophthora ramorum.  I am very hopeful that it will help us gain valuable information on how this pathogen is spread and its treatment within the nursery system in order to minimize the impacts of this disease. Since we know the pathogen can move from nurseries to the natural landscape, this will be a key step in helping to protect our forests.”

—Mark Stanley, Chairman, California Oak Mortality Task Force (COMTF)


“The development of the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California will be an excellent addition and enhancement to research efforts on invasive pathogens and related nursery crop production issues. HRI looks forward to opportunities to support research at the facility.”

—Marc Teffeau, Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs, American Nursery and Landscape Association and Director of Research, Horticultural Research Institute


“This facility is a model of the collaborative research possible to support ornamental plant production in our West coast region.”

—Jeanne McNeil, Executive Director of the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association


“We have waited a long time for the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University to become a reality. This new site is the first of its kind in the world and will provide answers to many research questions that the Phytophthora research community has not been able to address because of quarantine restrictions.”

—Niklaus Grunwald, Horticultural Crops Research Laboratory, USDA Agricultural Research Service