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Oak Wilt Fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum, as a Selective Silvicide

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Inoculation with the oak-wilt fungus, Ceratocystis fagacearum, and treatment with chemical silvicides were compared as means of eradicating oak trees in central Minnesota from 1953 to 1967. Inoculation with the fungus resulted in 92 to 99 percent mortality at a cost per stem of $0.01-$0.02. Application of chemical silvicides resulted in less mortality at higher cost. The fungus spread to only three uninoculated trees outside of the 6.6 total acres (2.7 hectares) on which the trees were inoculated.

Keywords: Biological control; oaks

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant professor, Plant Science Dept., Univ. of Connecticut

Publication date: 1969-06-01

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