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Demography of American chestnut populations: effects of a pathogen and a hyperparasite

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Matrix models were used to evaluate the effect of chestnut blight infection on transition probabilities and population growth rates for American chestnuts. Disease‐free, epidemic and recovering (i.e. pathogen infected with a double‐stranded (ds) RNA hypovirus) populations were compared.
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Keywords: Castanea dentata; Cryphonectria parasitica; biological control; double‐stranded RNA; host–pathogen interaction; hypovirus; matrix projection model; pathogen virulence; population size structure

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Departments of Plant Biology and Plant Pathology, and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behaviour Programme, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824–1312, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2004

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