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Sweetfern Blister Rust Found in Young Loblolly Pine Plantations in Maryland and Delaware

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Sweetfern blister rust caused by Cronartium comptoniae Arth. has been found on young loblolly pine, Pinus taeda L., on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware. This paper is apparently the first report of the organism in Delaware and on loblolly pine in Maryland. Only one of the two known alternate hosts was found: sweetfern, Comptonia peregrina (L.) Coult., seemed to flourish on droughty soils following intensive site preparation for planting. In one 4-year-old plantation, 21 percent of the trees had single or multiple branch infections and an additional 25 percent had stem infections.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Area Forester, Glatfelter Pulp Wood Company, Salisbury, Maryland

Publication date: March 1, 1977

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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