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Management Strategies to Reduce Losses from Fusiform Rust

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Abstract:

Fusiform rust of southern pines is a major problem in much of the South. Over the past 50 years the disease has evolved from an occasional problem into a major limiting factor in growing slash and loblolly pines. Intensive site preparation, planting of fast-growing nonresistant seedlings, weed and fire control, and fertilizer application stimulate wood production in pine plantations, but they also favor the spread and increase of fusiform rust. Forest managers struggle to find the optimum balance between maximum productivity and increased susceptibility to fusiform rust. Silvicultural practices being used to reduce losses from fusiform rust include predicting rust hazard for management units, selecting the appropriate method and intensity of site preparation, using resistant planting material, and applying cultural treatments in established stands. South. J. Appl. For. 17(3):146-149.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 320 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602

Publication date: 1993-08-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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