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Can fungal endophytes protect American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) from blight (Cryphonectria parasitica)?
The American chestnut, Castanea dentata, was devastated by an exotic fungal pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. Endophytes, organisms that reside within host plant tissue without causing symptoms, may be a reservoir for sources of biocontrol agents active against C. parasitica. Endophytes isolated from chestnut stems have shown antagonism against the blight fungus in in vitro dual-culture experiments and now need tested in living seedlings.