Estimating the Costs of Sudden Oak Death: Results of a Survey of California Nurseries

Tack, Jesse and Alix Peterson Zwane

from ARE Update Vol. 10, No. 4, March/April, 2007

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Abstract

Unique nursery-level survey data are used to quantify pest management costs for California firms impacted by Phytophthora ramorum (Sudden Oak Death). We find that nurseries have not shifted production away from host plants, but rather are incurring additional costs to limit their exposure. Despite widespread media attention, estimated management costs have actually been quite low—constituting less than than three percent of annual production expenses.

Keywords

Sudden Oak Death, Phytophthora ramorum , nursery, host, cost, management

Citation

Tack, Jesse and Alix Peterson Zwane. "Estimating the Costs of Sudden Oak Death: Results of a Survey of California Nurseries." ARE Update 10(4)(2007):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2007/10/4/sudden-oak-death-results/