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dc.contributor.authorBrown, Justin Elliott
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the ability of Phlebiopsis gigantea to act as a biocontrol agent for Heterobasidion Root Disease in the southeastern U.S., and also explored the reproductive biology of P. gigantea. The biocontrol efficacy of a P. gigantea isolate native to Alabama was tested in a field trial, and provided significant control of Heterobasidion Root Disease, reducing colonization of the pathogen by about two-thirds, even when treatment was delayed by 3 days. The impact of P. gigantea stump treatments on the prevalence of airborne P. gigantea spores in the environment was tested in a field trial, and it was determined that the stump treatments did not result in an increase in P. gigantea present in the environment. Investigation of homothallic behavior in P. gigantea, a species thought to be a heterothallic, revealed evidence of bonafide sexual fruiting in P. gigantea colonies that were generated from single basidiospores.
dc.subjectPhlebiopsis gigantea
dc.subjectHeterobasidion irregulare
dc.subjectHeterobasidion Root Disease
dc.titleInvestigating the biocontrol potential and reproductive biology of Phlebiopsis gigantea
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorSarah Covert
dc.description.committeeSarah Covert
dc.description.committeeDale Greene
dc.description.committeeScott Gold

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