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Studies on biological control of an invasive alien weed using plant pathogenic fungi

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I am highly grateful to Emeritus Prof. Kenichi Tsuchiya, Prof. Naruto Furuya, Emeritus Prof. Masami Takagi (Kyushu University); Visiting Prof. Seiya Tsushima (Tokyo University of Agriculture); and Dr. Richard H. Shaw, Dr. Harry C. Evans, and Dr. Marion K. Seier (CABI) for their generous support and fruitful suggestions. I also appreciate all the collaborators for their contributions and helpful discussions.

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Kurose, D. Studies on biological control of an invasive alien weed using plant pathogenic fungi. J Gen Plant Pathol 82, 338–339 (2016).

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