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Understanding phoretic biota of the mountain pine beetle in northern Colorado

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 19, 2015
There is minimal knowledge of phoretic processes (where one species transports another) of mountain pine beetles. This is important so we can later compare it to endemic populations, which might help us understand potential causes of fluctuations in the beetle populations. Researchers found that like the beetles, phoretic mites are important vectors of pathogenic blue-stain fungi in northern Colorado. These findings set a base line of information of the blue-stain fungi and its carriers present during a mountain pine beetle epidemic.