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Keyword: plant defense

Is resistance to mountain pine beetle associated with genetic resistance to white pine blister rust in limber pine?

Publications Posted on: October 04, 2018
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis James) co-evolved with the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins; MPB) and is now also challenged by the non-native pathogen Cronartium ribicola (J.C. Fisch.) that causes the lethal disease white pine blister rust (WPBR). Previous research suggests that trees infected with WPBR can be preferred hosts for MPB.

Fortifying the forest: Thinning and burning increase resistance to a bark beetle outbreak and promote forest resilience

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2016
Fire frequency in low-elevation coniferous forests in western North America has greatly declined since the late 1800s. In many areas, this has increased tree density and the proportion of shade-tolerant species, reduced resource availability, and increased forest susceptibility to forest insect pests and high-severity wildfire.

Low-severity fire increases tree defense against bark beetle attacks

Publications Posted on: April 21, 2016
Induced defense is a common plant strategy in response to herbivory. Although abiotic damage, such as physical wounding, pruning, and heating, can induce plant defense, the effect of such damage by large-scale abiotic disturbances on induced defenses has not been explored and could have important consequences for plant survival facing future biotic disturbances.