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Keyword: genetic adaptation

Genetics influence the ability of mountain pine beetle to cope with a changing climate

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 30, 2015
Genetic differences in physiological pathways influenced by temperature impact how populations of mountain pine beetles respond to continually changing climate. The potential for adaptation to rapidly changing conditions could result in tree mortality in warm areas of the southwest U.S. where this insect has historically not been a major cause of tree mortality.

Science-based guidelines for restoration and conservation of sagebrush ecosystems

Science Spotlights Posted on: September 18, 2015
Sagebrush communities are the cornerstones of arid ecosystems in the West, mitigating soil erosion, fostering plant and animal biodiversity, storing carbon, and providing cover and forage for wildlife, such as the greater sage-grouse. However, these ecosystems are being compromised by increased fire frequency and climate change, coupled with encroachment of invasive plants. This research focuses on ecological genetics of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). Conserving and restoring big sagebrush is critical for the recovery of sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) and other sagebrush-dependent wildlife species.

Disease resistance gene discovered in limber pine

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 13, 2015
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is being threatened by the lethal disease white pine blister rust, expanding bark beetle pressure, and climate change in mountain environments. Scientists have identified an exciting disease-free trait in limber pine consistent with inheritance by a single dominate gene.

Addressing climate change in the Forest Vegetation Simulator to assess impacts on landscape forest dynamics

Publications Posted on: February 09, 2011
To simulate stand-level impacts of climate change, predictors in the widely used Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) were adjusted to account for expected climate effects.

Addressing climate change in the forest vegetation simulator to assess impacts on landscape forest dynamics

Publications Posted on: August 19, 2010
To simulate stand-level impacts of climate change, predictors in the widely used Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) were adjusted to account for expected climate effects.