Biological Control of Chestnut Blight

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Science  29 Jan 1982:
Vol. 215, Issue 4532, pp. 466-471
DOI: 10.1126/science.215.4532.466


After 77 years of being attacked by the chestnut blight fungus, American chestnut trees continue to sprout from gradually declining root systems. The blight fungus in Italy is now associated with virus-like agents that limit its pathogenicity, and attempts have been made to introduce these controlling agents into the blight fungus in the United States. If a way can be found to help the spread here of strains of the fungus with controlling agents, it may be possible to save the American chestnut trees in our eastern forests.

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