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Influence of Fertilization and Ectomycorrhizae on Loblolly Pine Growth and Susceptibility to Fusiform Rust

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The application of fertilizer and the mycorrhizal fungus, Pisolithus tinctorius, did not increase the height growth of loblolly pine seedlings during their first four years of growth. Fertilization, however, did increase the overall number of fusiform rust galls per infected tree. This increase was highly significant on the susceptible control seedlings, but was not significant on resistant Livingston Parish seedlings. This indicates that cultural practices such as fertilization can be applied to rust-resistant seedlings, such as the Livingston Parish seed source, without significantly increasing rust severity.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, Georgia 30602

Publication date: 1983-05-01

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