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Chestnut Blight

Cryphonectria parasitica

Here are some good places to start your investigation into the chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica)

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Diagram of the life cycle of the blight. 150kb pdf. I don't know where this file came from. If you do, please let me know!!

Some information on the history of trying to control the disease and basic methods of control

Cankers that have been treated with 91% alcohol.

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A preliminary report on a method of biological control of the chestnut blight not involving the use of a hypovirulent strain of Endothia parasitica. 1992.

An article by Bill Lord detailing most prominently the work of plant hunter Frank N. Meyer, his explorations about China during the early 20th Century, and his thoughts on both finding the blight on chestnuts in China and how to possibly control the blight in America.

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For more information on the blight as seen first-hand in China, check out Ban Li, which is Chinese for "chestnut". The article below is a partial translation by Chengguo Wang of the Northwestern College of Forestry in Shaanxi. The original Chinese text was drawn up in 1979 for use within Chinese production areas. Only parts of the text were translated.