The California Oak Disease and Arthropod (CODA) Database    1997

Swiecki, T. J.; Bernhardt, E. A.; Arnold, R. A. 1997. The California oak disease and arthropod (CODA) database. Pages 543-552 in: Proceedings of a symposium on oak woodlands: ecology, management, and urban interface issues; 19-22 March 1996; San Luis Obispo, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-160. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, USDA

An abbreviated version of this paper was presented at the Symposium on Oak Woodlands: Ecology, Management, and Urban Interface Issues. March 19-22, 1996, San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Tedmund J. Swiecki1   Elizabeth Bernhardt1   Richard A. Arnold2

1 Principals, Phytosphere Research, 1027 Davis Street, Vacaville, CA 95687
2 President, Entomological Consulting Services, Ltd., 104 Mountain View Court, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Abstract: The California Oak Disease and Arthropod (CODA) host index database is a compilation of information on agents that colonize or feed on oaks in California. Agents in the database include plant-feeding insects and mites, nematodes, microorganisms, viruses, and abiotic disease agents. CODA contains summarized information on hosts, agents, information sources, and the details of the host-agent interaction. Most of the 853 insect species in CODA are in the orders Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Homoptera. About 40 percent of the 378 species of fungi in CODA are pathogens. Of these, basidiomycete wood decay fungi have the most significant ecological impact.

Landowners and resource managers need to consider the effects of diseases and arthropod pests on oaks when formulating management plans for oak woodlands or individual oaks. Over the past century, many different researchers have described a wide array of diseases and arthropods that affect oaks in California. However, the reports are found in numerous sources, many of which are not readily available to professionals involved with oak management in California.

As part of a project to study the impacts of diseases and arthropods on California rangeland oaks (Swiecki and others 1990, 1991a, 1991b), we set out to compile the existing information on agents affecting oaks in California. Our goal was to organize this information in a format that was readily accessible and easy to update. We developed a computerized database, the California Oak Disease and Arthropod (CODA) Host Index (Swiecki and others 1996), to store and organize preexisting and new information on arthropods, microorganisms, and abiotic factors that affect oak health in California.


Review of Literature and Unpublished Data

We obtained records for CODA from both published and unpublished sources. We reviewed numerous synoptic references and review articles and searched several computerized bibliographic databases, including AGRICOLA, BIOSIS, Entomological Abstracts, and CAB Abstracts, to obtain occurrence records. We subsequently checked most records against the original articles to verify each report and obtain additional information on the host-agent interaction.

Although we consulted nearly 2,000 publications during the literature review, our review of the literature was not necessarily complete for all groups of agents, particularly the insects. Because of time and budget constraints, we focused our initial efforts on groups of agents that were likely to cause noticeable damage to oaks. We restricted our initial search for arthropod records to phytophagous insects and mites, concentrating on taxa that are known pests of oaks or other deciduous trees in California and elsewhere. In searching for records on microbial agents, we concentrated our efforts on known or likely pathogens.

We also obtained unpublished records in the form of database files and card files from various sources, including the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA); USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station [now Pacific Southwest Research Station]; Jerry Powell, Department of Entomology, University of California at Berkeley; and Isabelle Tavares, University Herbarium, University of California at Berkeley. We have also added records based on our own and others' collections and identifications. To date, we have contacted more than 125 entomologists, acarologists, plant pathologists, mycologists, and other specialists in taxonomy, forestry, and landscape pests, to supplement or confirm information obtained from the literature or other sources.

Database Design

The information in CODA is stored in a relational database composed of multiple DBase III-compatible files. The individual files store information on the host species, agents, specifics of the host-agent interaction, and the references that pertain to each combination. We developed a stand-alone software application for IBM-compatible personal computers that allows users to access the data in the CODA database (Swiecki and others 1990, 1996).

Much of the information in CODA is specific to each reported host-agent interaction, including the fields that describe the following: reported distribution of the host-agent interaction; types of growing situations (e.g., range, urban landscape) under which the interaction has been observed; host life stages attacked; host symptoms and agent signs, including the location and maturity of affected plant parts; whether the agent attacks healthy or compromised tissue; whether symptoms listed are a direct or indirect result of attack; and other notes about the interaction (fig. 1). Because of the limitations of available data, many records in CODA do not contain complete information in all of these fields.

CODA also contains information specific to each disease agent, host, and reference. Disease agents and arthropods are identified with hierarchical taxonomic and non-taxonomic codes. True taxonomic synonyms as well as other scientific names that have been encountered in the literature are listed in a synonym field for each agent. CODA also contains descriptions of the included oak host species, and full literature citations and descriptive notes for references (fig. 1).

Because of software limitations at the time that the program was developed, much of the host-agent interaction data is abbreviated or coded. All codes are described in the software documentation, and functions in the access program allow the user to translate all displayed codes on screen and in printed reports (fig. 1). These codes can be used in various combinations to filter records from the database.

We used Paradox® 5.0 for Windows database software (Borland International, Inc., Scotts Valley, Calif.) to tabulate statistics on the CODA database contents. Statistics are based on queries of the January 1996 version of the CODA database files.

Results and Discussion

The CODA Software

We released and distributed the first version of the CODA software in 1990. Since that time, we have edited and updated the information extensively and have released several different versions of the data and access program. As of February 1996, we had distributed more than 150 copies of the software.

The categories and format of the information stored in the CODA databases are shown in a sample report for one occurrence record (fig. 1). The information for a given record can be displayed on screen, sent to a printer, or saved to a text file.

Organizing the information found in CODA as a computer database application provides several advantages over presenting the same information in the form of a publication. Many of the records in CODA describe one-to-many relationships, such as an agent which occurs on many oak species. These relationships are easily organized and displayed with relational database software, but are difficult to present as printed material. By using functions built into the CODA software, the CODA databases can be filtered or queried easily to produce subsets of data. This allows the database to be used as a simple expert system for diagnosing pest and disease problems. To remain current, the information in CODA needs to be updated periodically to account for taxonomic changes and add new records and additional details. Compared with a lengthy publication, a database can be updated and distributed to users more quickly, easily, and at a lower cost.

We designed the database to easily handle simple changes in agent names. However, more complex changes, such as those that involve the lumping or splitting of taxa, require careful examination of existing records to avoid introducing inaccuracies into the database. For example, agents originally described as occurring on Q. dumosa Nutt. needed to be reassigned to either Q. dumosa (strict sense) or Q. berberidifolia Liebm. after the taxonomic status of this species was revised (Hickman 1993). Some records contained enough detail to be reassigned definitively, but many records could not be reassigned and have been retained provisionally under a separate host entry for the wide sense of Q. dumosa.

In addition to updating the data in CODA, it will also be necessary to periodically revise the user interface. The current interface software runs readily on most platforms that can run DOS applications, and 87 percent of the respondents to our 1993 user survey (Swiecki 1993) rated the program as easy or very easy to use.

CODA Host Index Statistics

The databases that comprise CODA contain information on 45 native and cultivated oak species in California, 1259 agents that affect these oaks, and 320 references that describe these interactions. CODA contains information on 2619 individual interactions between oaks and biotic or abiotic agents.

Native Host Oak Species

Of the oaks listed in CODA, 20 species, along with eight varieties and hybrids, are native to California. The oak species with the greatest numbers of associated agent records are listed in table 1. The number of agents listed for each oak species in CODA is a function of the total amount of arthropod and microbial biodiversity associated with each host species and the degree to which each host has been studied by researchers. For example, many of the arthropod records reported for Q. agrifolia are lepidoptera that have been collected or reared from this oak by Jerry Powell and his students over a 30-year period. If complete surveys of each oak species were conducted, it is likely that the number of agents associated with most of the native oak species would increase substantially.


CODA currently contains records for 1788 insect-oak interactions and an additional 52 interactions between plant-feeding mites and oaks. These interactions involve 853 species of insects and mites, representing 14 orders and more than 120 families (table 2). Although most of the conspicuous oak-feeding arthropods are included in CODA, further searching of host records for certain insect taxa would probably yield some additional records. However, some likely occurrences have not been added to CODA because the reports do not specifically indicate that the interaction has been observed in California. Many reports in the entomological literature provide only general locality information, such as western United States or Pacific Coast, and general host information, such as Quercus sp., and we have not included these general listings in CODA. Therefore, the total number of arthropod species that feed on oaks in California is probably much higher than the current total contained in CODA.

Within the CODA database, the orders Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and Homoptera are represented by the greatest number of species. The most taxonomically diverse collection of oak-feeders is found within the Lepidoptera, which has representatives from 36 families. Most of these are leaf-mining and external foliar-feeding moths. The arthropod family represented by the greatest number of species (126) is the Cynipidae. These are highly specialized gall-forming wasps.

Few non-phytophagous arthropods are currently represented in CODA. However, only a portion of the arthropods that are associated with oaks would be classified as oak feeders. Many insects are predaceous or parasitic on oak-feeding insects and therefore indirectly depend on oaks for their existence. Also, numerous arthropods that do not feed directly on oaks live in tunnels or galls produced by oak-feeding insects. Additional insects are associated with the fungi that colonize living or dead oaks. Still other insects are detritus feeders that opportunistically feed on decaying wood, but are not necessarily limited to oaks. If these additional species are considered, there may be between 4000 and 5000 arthropod species associated with California oaks. This total is more than 10 times the number of terrestrial vertebrates found in oak-dominated hardwood rangeland in California (Guisti and others 1996).

Diseases and Microbial Interactions

CODA contains records of 766 interactions between Quercus species and abiotic diseases, and saprophytic, pathogenic, or beneficial microorganisms. Although representatives from almost all of the major groups of plant pathogens are represented in CODA, 97 percent of the microorganisms listed in CODA are fungi. Counts of non-fungal disease agents in the CODA database that are reported to affect California oaks are listed below:
Agent Count
Bacteria 1
Viruses 2
Vascular plants 5
Nematodes 13
Genetic diseases 1
Abiotic agents 6
Total 28

No oak diseases caused by phytoplasmas (plant-infecting spiroplasmas and mycoplasma-like organisms) are currently included in CODA, although such agents have been found in many woody species, including oaks in the eastern United States (Sinclair and others 1994). Undoubtedly, more nonfungal microbial agents are associated with oaks in California than are currently reported. However, detecting and identifying many of these agents, including bacteria, viruses, and phytoplasmas, are difficult and require specialized techniques. Additional diseases involving nonfungal agents are unlikely to be reported in the absence of targeted research in this area.

The fungi are the best characterized group of microoganisms associated with oaks in California, largely because many fungal fruiting bodies are easy to observe and collect. Many of the associations between oaks and fungi included in CODA have not been published and are known only through herbarium records. Primary pathogens, secondary or opportunistic pathogens, saprophytes, and mycorrhizal species are all represented among the fungi in CODA (table 3). Although a few individual oak diseases have been studied in some detail, most interactions between California oaks and fungi remain unexplored, and the oak-associated mycoflora probably includes many more species than are currently reported.

Damage to Oaks Caused by Arthropods and Diseases


Insects and mites feed on every part of oak trees and attack all life stages of oaks in California, but arthropod damage records for mature oaks far outnumber those for seedlings and saplings. Part of this difference is almost certainly due to the fact that mature trees have been studied in greater detail. In addition, mature trees provide a greater quantity and wider variety of arthropod feeding sites than do seedlings or saplings. For blue oak (Q. douglasii Hook. & Arn.), Swiecki and others (1990) observed fewer insect taxa feeding on small seedlings than on adjacent overstory trees over several seasons.

Most of the arthropods that attack oaks are native species that appear to be in ecological equilibrium with their hosts. Their aggregate impact on oak health and survival appears to be low when trees are growing under favorable conditions. However, the impact of insect and mite damage may be much more significant when oaks are stressed, wounded, or otherwise disturbed. This is especially true for insects such as bark beetles (Scolytidae) and wood borers. Furthermore, although much of the damage caused by insects does not significantly affect oak survival, the damage, insects, and/or their by-products (honeydew, fecal pellets, etc.) may not be tolerated in urban situations.

Insects that damage acorns can have a significant impact on this vulnerable oak life stage. CODA includes 14 insect species in seven genera which feed on or form galls in or on acorns. Of these, the filbertworm (Cydia latiferreana [Walshingham]) and three species of filbert weevils (Curculio spp.) are most destructive and may destroy a large percentage of the mast crop within a location in a given year (Keen 1958; Swiecki and others 1990, 1991a). Thus, even though relatively few species of insects damage acorns, their impact on oak reproduction can be substantial.

In contrast, at least 350 insect species feed on or produce galls on oak leaves, but the aggregate impact of these insects on the long-term health of mature oaks is generally considered to be minor. Only a few species, such as the California Oak Moth (Phryganidia californica Packard) and the Fruit Tree Leaf Roller (Archips argyrospilus [Wlk.]), are capable of defoliating entire trees or stands of trees. However, these and other moth larvae typically do not cause severe defoliation in successive years, and outbreaks are usually of short duration, so long-term damage to oaks is generally minimal if trees are not also stressed by other agents or factors.


The diseases that have the greatest potential to affect the reproduction and survival of California oaks are those caused by acorn pathogens and wood-decay fungi. Both fungi (Swiecki and others 1990, 1991a) and bacteria (Hildebrand and Schroth 1967) cause decay of acorns. These pathogens most frequently gain entry through wounds caused by insects, but acorns are often severely decayed even when insect damage is slight (Swiecki and others 1990, 1991a). As a result of this synergism between microorganisms and insects, damage to the acorn crop may be elevated beyond levels that would exist if these agents acted independently. Acorn-decaying pathogens are one of several groups of acorn-destroying agents that collectively reduce the reproductive potential of California oaks.

Various species of wood-decay fungi, primarily in the Polyporales, constitute the most significant oak pathogens in California. CODA includes more than 40 species of fungi that cause branch or trunk cankers or decay the trunk, root crown, or roots of oaks growing under natural conditions. Canker rot fungi, including several species of Inonotus, are important pathogens of blue oak and other oaks in both rangeland (Swiecki and others 1990, 1991b) and urban settings. Canker rot fungi are wood decay fungi that attack living trees and also kill phloem and vascular cambium, giving rise to perennial cankers (Sinclair and others 1987). Trees colonized by canker rot fungi and other wood-decay fungi usually decline slowly and literally fall apart as large branches, and eventually the trunk, fail.

Mature oaks are also killed by root-rotting fungi. Certain fungi, such as Armillaria mellea and Phytophthora spp., are significant pathogens of urban oaks that are subjected to summer irrigation and stressed by other rootzone disturbances. Other fungi, including species of Ganoderma and several other fungi in the Basidiomycotina, kill mature oaks in undisturbed stands as well as those which become incorporated into urban landscapes.

In addition to causing tree mortality, wood-decay fungi also reduce the quantity and quality of wood products that may be harvested from a stand. On the other hand, these fungi play a direct role in improving wildlife habitat value. Decay caused by these fungi aids in the development of cavities in trees, which are utilized by a number of different vertebrate species. Wood-decay fungi affect the amount of dead and downed wood and standing snags in an oak woodland, which in turn contribute to wildlife habitat value (Tietje and others 1997).

At least 40 species of fungi attack the leaves and/or twigs of living oaks in California. The most common and conspicuous of these are the powdery mildews (Erysiphales) and the anthracnose fungi. Symptoms caused by these fungi are sometimes severe enough in urban oaks to prompt concern, but these fungi normally have little impact on long-term health or survival of oaks in either urban or rangeland conditions.


Our knowledge and understanding of the interactions between oaks and their associated arthropods and microorganisms will continue to expand only if researchers, resource managers and consultants, and landowners recognize and exchange information on these interactions. CODA provides a means for collecting, organizing, and distributing information on these interactions. However, the CODA software must be distributed, supported, and maintained if it is to remain a useful resource.


Development and distribution of CODA through July 1993 was supported by California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Strategic Planning Program contracts 8CA74545 and 8CA17093. Jim Kellogg, Tierra Data Systems, Reedley, Calif., wrote the CODA database access program. We thank the many researchers and taxonomists who provided information on agents occurring on oaks in California. We are especially grateful to Jerry Powell, Isabelle Tavares, Tim Tidwell, Raymond Gill, Fred Andrews, Alan Hardy, John Stein, and Melvin McKnight, who provided access to unpublished University of California, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and Pacific Southwest Research Station records. We thank Dale Woods and Dave Wood for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.


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  Table 1 — Counts of agents associated with the certain California tree oak species listed in the CODA database as of January 1996
Oak species Arthropod species and subspecies Diseases and microbial agents Total number of agents
Q. agrifolia 299 148 447
Q. chrysolepis 111 58 169
Q. douglasii 141 50 191
Q. garryana 94 14 108
Q. kelloggii 150 85 235
Q. lobata 155 54 209
Q.wislizenii 132 33 165
Not specified 357 208 565

Table 2 — Counts of families, genera, and species of mites and insects known to feed on Quercus in California, listed in the CODA database as of January 1996.  Ordinal arrangement follows Arnett 1985.
Order Common name Families Genera Species
Acarina Mites 4 18 32
Microcoryphia Bristletails 1 1 1
Embioptera Webspinners 1 1 1
Phasmatodea Walkingsticks 1 1 1
Orthoptera Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids 1 3 3
Isoptera Termites 2 3 3
Psocoptera Booklice, Barklice 6 8 8
Hemiptera True Bugs 6 9 12
Homoptera Cicadas, Leafhoppers, Aphids, Scales 16 69 137
Thysanoptera Thrips 3 20 21
Coleoptera Beetles 24 105 194
Hymenoptera Bees, Ants, Wasps 13 52 172
Lepidoptera Butterflies, Moths 36 122 290
Diptera Flies 7 11 11
Totals   121 423 853

Table 3 — Counts of fungal species associated with Quercus in California, subtotaled by taxonomic group and ecological niche, listed in the CODA database as of January 1996.  Taxonomic arrangement follows Farr and others (1989).
Taxonomic group Pathogenic species Saprophytic species Mycorrhizal species Not specified Totals
0 11 0 0 11










Ascomycotina 52 67 0 1 120
Basidiomycotina 33 102 10 2 147
Deuteromycotina 65 25 1 3 94
Totals 156 205 11 6 378

Figure 1 — Full-length report for the record of Inonotus andersonii on Q. douglasii printed from the CODA software.

Quercus douglasii Agent: B P F BAS POL

Common: Blue oak Genus: Inonotus

Species: andersonii

Distribution: BA,NV,CI,SV,CC Subsp:

Situation: RL Common: Canker-rot

Stages: 3D Synonym: Chromosporium pactolinum

Maturity Site Symptoms/Sign Status








Agent Codes:

B Biotic (Organisms, viruses, and genetic factors)

P Pathogens (disease-causing agents)

F Fungi

BAS Basidiomycetes

POL Polyporales (Polypores)

Distribution codes:

BA Bay area: Alam,CCosta,Marin,Napa,SMateo,SFran,SClara,Solano,Sonoma

NV North Valley: Butte,Colusa,Glenn,Lake,Sacto,Sutter,Tehama,Yolo,Yuba

CI Central Interior: Alpne,Amadr,Calavrs,EDorad,Marip,Nev,Placer,Tuolum

SV South Valley: Fresno,Kern,Kings,Madera,Merced,SJoaquin,Stanisls,Tulare

CC Central Coast: Monterey,SBenito,SLuisObispo,SBarbara,SCruz,Ventura

Situation code:

R Range

L Landscape

Stage codes:

3 Mature

D Dead

Maturity Codes:

M Mature tissues

Site Codes:

H Heartwood (older wood near center of stem)

W Wounds, includes fire scars, branch stubs, leaf scars, pruning wounds

Symptoms/Sign Codes:

WROT White rot (light-colored decay; spongy, stringy, crumbly, or brittle)

PCANK Perennial canker (discrete lesion that persists 2 or more years)

FAIL Failure (breakage or collapse of limbs, trunk or roots)

TCANK Target canker (regular, concentrically zonate perennial canker)

BRES Basidiocarp-resupinate (a sheet-like fruiting body)

Status Codes:

1 Primary - agent attacks healthy tissue

D Direct symptom


-Observations suggest that various types of target cankers, especially those associated with old branch stubs, may be caused by the interaction between this fungus and certain trees.

-Probably one of the most significant causes of decay and mortality in blue oak over much of its range. In the field, distribution of affected trees is variable, and "hot spots" or disease foci may occur.


AUTHOR: Swiecki, T. J.; Bernhardt, E. A.

TITLE: Field notes, observations, and collections



DATE: 1988-92


These records are based on field observations and material collected from various oak hosts by T. J. Swiecki and E. A. Bernhardt. Records of these observations are on file at Phytosphere Research, 1027 Davis Street, Vacaville, CA 95687-5495. Phone 707-452-8735. Some of the collected materials were deposited at the UC Berkeley Herbarium.

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TITLE: North American Polypores

SOURCE: Fungiflora A/S, Oslo, Norway

DATE: 1986


A two-volume monograph on the fungi in the Polyporales that occur in North America. Contains keys to species, descriptions, notes on distribution, cultural characteristics, type of rot caused, hosts, and other data.

AUTHOR: Sinclair, W.A.; Lyon, H.H.; Johnson, W.T.

TITLE: Diseases of trees and shrubs.

SOURCE: Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY

DATE: 1987


A general reference to diseases of trees and woody shrubs. Includes color photographs of symptoms, descriptions of causal agents, disease cycles, distribution, host range, and other information.


-Widely distributed in U.S., to PA, WI, TX, AZ, CA and OR on Quercus,

Populus, Salix, and Carya.

-Causes a white rot of the heartwood of living oaks. Bark cankers are formed where the fungus invades and kills the sapwood and cambium. Cankers are a common site of branch or trunk failure. Infection typically occurs at wounds, especially branch stubs.

-Basidiocarps are annual, sheetlike, often large (to over 50 cm long), and develop under outer layers of sapwood or bark. The bark and/or sapwood is ruptured by the basidiocarp as it matures. Spore deposits are bright golden yellow.


-Subgenus Quercus (Lepidobalanus): White oaks

-Also called mountain white oak, iron oak, post oak

-Deciduous tree with rounded crown, 6-20 m high.

-Endemic to California, blue oak grows on dry rocky slopes of foothills of

Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges from Shasta Co to Los Angeles Co. Also extends

well out onto valley floors in areas, such as near Burch Creek and the

Sacramento River (Tehama Co) and near Thornton (San Joaquin Co).

-Bark checked, light gray to almost white.

-Leaves 3-6(-8) cm long with petiole 3-9 mm, shallowly and irregularly lobed

or entire, minutely pubescent, dull bluish green above, paler below.

-Acorns maturing the first year, variable in shape, commonly ovoid, nut 2-3

cm long, cap 12-20 mm wide, 6-10 mm deep cup to bowl shaped, scales slightly


-Hybridizes with Q. garryana, Q. john-tuckeri, Q. lobata.