Phytophthora Cinnamomi: Root Rot Disease and the Chestnut

July 15, 2004

Phytophthora, or Ink Disease, attacks the roots of many woody plants, including the American chestnut. The disease problem is prevalent in the South at elevations below 3500 feet. The introduced disease can wipe out American chestnut seedlings. Joe James, President of the Carolinas Chapter, along with John Frampton of NCSU, Steve Jeffers of Clemson University, and Paul Sisco of the Southern Regional Office of the American Chestnut Foundation, is seeking a solution.