Screening for Phytophthora cinnamomi in reclaimed mined lands targeted for American chestnut restoration projectsThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
We are working toward restoring the American chestnut in southeastern Ohio, which was once part of the tree's natural range. Some of these lands have been severely affected by excessive mining operations for several decades. Therefore, we are planning and testing use of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the restoration efforts. Mycorrhizal fungi may play a vital role in this, because they have been shown to be essential for the survival of seedlings by supporting growth under a variety of subnormal soil and other stress conditions.