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Triumph of the FungiA Rotten History$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195189711

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189711.001.0001

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A Farewell to Elms

A Farewell to Elms

(p.25) CHAPTER 2 A Farewell to Elms
Triumph of the Fungi

Nicholas P. Money

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the global pandemic of Dutch elm disease caused by the fungus, Ophiostoma ulmi. Dutch elm disease was the worst epidemic of urban trees in history. Besides the fascinating biology of the interaction between elm trees and this fungus, the chapter also tells compelling stories about the women scientists, led by Johanna Westerdijk, who first identified the cause of the epidemic.

Keywords:   Dutch elm disease, pandemic, fungus, Ophiostoma ulmi, women scientists, Johanna Westerdijk

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