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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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Gallery of Pests - Chestnut Blight
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Chestnut Blight
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

TISI Inventory - Chestnut Blight
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Invasive Species Compendium - Cryphonectria parasitica
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Blight of Chestnut (Cryphonectria parasitica)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Cryphonectria parasitica
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Global Invasive Species Database - Cryphonectria parasitica (fungus)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

American Chestnut Restoration
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

Restoration of the American Chestnut in New Jersey (May 2006; PDF | 352 KB)
DOI. FWS. New Jersey Field Office.
See also: Habitat Restoration fact sheets

Chestnut Blight and the Good Virus
DOI. NPS. Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

International Government

Forest Invasive Alien Species - Chestnut Blight
Natural Resources Canada. Canadian Forest Service.

Top Tree Diseases - Sweet Chestnut Blight
Forestry Commission (United Kingdom).

State Government

Chestnuts and the Introduction of Chestnut Blight (Nov 1997)
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Plant Disease Information Office.
See also: Protecting Trees from Chestnut Blight and additional fact sheets


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

Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic - Chestnut Blight (PDF | 161 KB)
Cornell University (New York).
See also: Clinic Factsheets for more diseases

Chestnut Blight

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

Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Management Handbook - Chestnut (Castanea spp.)-Blight
Oregon State University. Extension Service.


Revitalization of the Majestic Chestnut: Chestnut Blight Disease (Dec 2000)
American Phytopathological Society.
See also: APS Features for monthly reviews on important plant diseases and societal issues facing the plant pathology community

Common Garden Pests and Problems - Chestnut Blight
Missouri Botanical Garden.


Anagnostakis, S.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: Sep 22, 2018
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