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Chestnut Blight

Chestnut blight - Invasive.orgScientific name: Cryphonectria parasitica (Murrill) Barr (formerly known as Endothia parasitica) (ITIS)

Common names: Chestnut blight, chestnut bark disease

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Native To: Asia (Anagnostakis 1997)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First discovered in 1904 (Anagnostakis 1997)

Means of Introduction: Introduced on nursery stock imported from Asia (Anagnostakis 1997)

Impact: Fungal disease of chestnut trees (Castanea spp.) that virtually eliminated mature American chestnuts (Castanea dentata) from the U.S. (Griffin 2000)

Current U.S. Distribution: Widespread throughout the U.S.

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Partnership

Chestnut Blight
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Invasive Species Compendium - Cryphonectria parasitica
CAB International.

Data Sheets on Quarantine Pests - Cryphonectria parasitica (PDF | 35 KB)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Cryphonectria parasitica (fungus)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.ls

Government

American Chestnut Restoration Project
USDA. FS. Southern Region.

Restoration of the American Chestnut in New Jersey (May 2006; PDF | 352 KB)
DOI. FWS. New Jersey Field Office.

Chestnut blight and the good virus
DOI. NPS. Great Smoky Mountains.

Chestnut blight - Insects and diseases of Canada's forests
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

Sweet chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica)
Forestry Commission (United Kingdom).

State

Chestnuts and the Introduction of Chestnut Blight (Nov 1997)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
See also: Protecting Trees from Chestnut Blight

Academic

Introduced Species Summary Project - Chestnut Blight Fungus
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.

Chestnut Blight (PDF | 161 KB)
Cornell University (New York). Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic.

Chestnut Blight
eXtension.

Chestnut blight - WeedUS Database
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Control of Chestnut Blight
Pennsylvania State University. School of Forest Resources.

Chestnut Blight
Texas State University System. Institute for the Study of Invasive Species.

Professional

Revitalization of the Majestic Chestnut: Chestnut Blight Disease
American Phytopathological Society.

Chestnut Blight
Missouri Botanical Garden. William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening. Integrated Pest Management.

Citations

Anagnostakis, Sandra L. 1997. Chestnuts and the Introduction of Chestnut Blight. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Griffin, Gary J. 2000. Blight Control and Restoration of the American Chestnut. Journal of Forestry 98(2):22-27.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Cryphonectria parasitica. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

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Last Modified: Mar 20, 2015
 
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