Damping-off is a movie short on the widespread but mostly unnoticed disease of plants. I say unnoticed because the plants appear to wilt away and most would conclude the cause was limitation of plant available moisture. The movie short exposes the secretive predation of plants, especially seedlings, by several types of pathogenic microbes commonly lurking in the soil. All content is of native plants and plant communities. Our heroine, black cherry, is one of the most valuable timber species in the USA and is the source of cherry wood used in fine woodworking. Many other plant species are affected by Pythium, however, the movie focuses on black cherry because it was the focus of Kurt’s research for several years. All time-lapse videos and still photographs are the copyright of Kurt Reinhart. Related content is also on Kurt’s educational website (http://www.iecology.net/).

Warning: Plants were deliberately harmed in the filming of this movie.

Music Confugium corvorum by Axis Mundi Actum found on Jamendo.com (part of the Creative Commons- http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/). Damping-off will be entered in the (4th) Chlorofilms’ film contest (http://www.chlorofilms.org/).

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