Purpose of this Web Page

Torrey Pine Trees at Torrey Pines Reserve, Torrey Pines Golf Course and the general vicinity have been dying off at an alarming rate since about 2014.  Although the official story is that drought and beetles are killing them, there has never been an analysis of the trees to confirm it.  The purpose of this web page is to encourage authorities to conduct a legitimate analysis of the trees.

Why They Need to be Analyzed

We are told the die-off is caused by drought and beetles, but trees that were being watered on Torrey Pines Golf Course also died (picture 1 below).  Those trees didn’t have many beetles.  And there is obvious fungal damage, unacknowledged by authorities, that is killing trees and probably attracting bark beetles.  Picture #2 shows bark beetle damage while pictures #3, 4 and 5 show fungal damage.  A sampling of the condensed fog that drips off tree needles measured an extremely high level of aluminum (picture #6), a metal toxic to pine trees, here.  And a published peer reviewed paper with agreement from scientists worldwide concluded UV radiation and aluminum poisoning weaken Torrey Pine trees and create conditions that attract fungus and beetles.

How Fungal Damage attracts Bark Beetles

Fungal damage provides food for beetles, modifies the substrate (softens the wood), and emits aromatic compounds that attract beetles.  Here is a list of scientific papers that support this.

Presentation to San Diego Community Forest Advisory Board, 11/14/2018

  • Page 1,   Page 2 – Making this presentation was recommended by the staff of S.D. Councilmember Barbara Bry.  I showed them the unacknowledged fungal damage that probably attracts beetles and asked them to investigate.  And then I sent a follow-up email, with copies to “everybody”.

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***New Published Research Paper***

New Video

  • The Torrey Pine Tree Die-Off, Why they need to be analyzed – Aug 2018  (This video gives an overview of the die-off, shows tree symptoms that are not caused by drought or beetles, and provides the results of the fog analysis.)
  • Original video titled Torrey Pine Trees, Aluminum and Acid Fog, Aug 2017, here

New Short Videos with Music, put your earbuds on and enjoy

Analyses

Emails, articles, etc. notifying people of this issue

Communication with California State Parks (they won’t analyze the trees)

San Diego County Plant Pathology Lab analyses.

In April 2018, I took them samples of diseased trees on 5 separate occasions.  They couldn’t figure out what is causing the damage that looks like pitch canker disease.  Here are their analyses:

Links to articles, studies and web pages regarding aluminum poisoning, pitch canker disease, the symbiotic relationship of fungus and beetles and UV radiation damage

Consultant Efforts on Genetic Rescue