In the last quarter, CLas inoculations of experimental trees occured and 2 and 7 week samples have been taken for RNAseq and metabolomics by the postdoc in Dr. Johnson’s and Dr. Wang’s labs respectively. Soil samples were also collected from around the sampled roots for metabolomic analysis of root leachate. These samples are currently being stored at -80 degrees celsius. The second sampling was taken at 7 weeks instead of 6 weeks to allow enough root growth for sampling as a root flush was actively occuring. Biweekly samples have been taken to assess CLas infection of the roots. Once positive trees are confirmed metabolomic and RNAseq analysis of the appropriate collected samples will begin.