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Ectomycorrhizal characterization of an American chestnut (Castanea dentata)-dominated community in Western WisconsinAuthor(s): Jonathan M. Palmer; Daniel L. Lindner; Thomas J. Volk
Source: Mycorrhiza. 19: 27-36.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionCirca 1900, a farmer from the eastern US planted 11 American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seeds on a newly established farm near West Salem in western Wisconsin. These trees were very successful, producing a large stand of over 6,000 trees. Since this area is well outside the natural range of chestnut, these trees remained free from chestnut blight until 1987. In the West Salem stand, chestnuts are the dominant species of a mixed forest community, reminiscent of the chestnut?oak ecosystems of pre-1900 Appalachia. To identify putative mycorrhizal associates of chestnut in this unique forest, our approach was twofold: (1) an extensive fruiting body survey was conducted for four seasons that yielded approximately 100 putative mycorrhizal species and (2) a belowground molecular approach was used to generate DNA sequences of the internal transcribed spacer region from ectomycorrhizae.
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CitationPalmer, Jonathan M.; Lindner, Daniel L.; Volk, Thomas J. 2008. Ectomycorrhizal characterization of an American chestnut (Castanea dentata)-dominated community in Western Wisconsin. Mycorrhiza. 19: 27-36.
KeywordsAmerican chestnut, Chromelosporium, Cryphonectria parasitica, Ectomycorrhizae, eastern hardwood forests
- The Silvics of Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh., American chestnut, Fagaceae (Beech Family)
- Restoring the American chestnut tree
- The first research plantings of third-generation, third-backcross American chestnut (Castanea dentata) in the southeastern United States
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