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Assessing pathogen and insect succession functions in forest ecosystemsAuthor(s): Susan K. Hagle; Sandra J. Kegley; Stephen B. Williams
Source: In: L. G. Eskew, comp. Forest health through silviculture: proceedings of the 1995 National Silviculture Workshop, Mescalero, New Mexico, May 8-11, 1995. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 117-127
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station
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DescriptionThe pilot test of a method to assess the ecological function of pathogens and insects in forests is reported. The analysis is a practical application of current ecosystem management theory.The influences of pathogens and insects on forest succession are measured by relating successional transition rates and types to conditions for pathogen and insect activities which are expected to lead to transitions. Results of this analysis provide means to better understand historic and current functions of pathogens and insects. They also provide a basis for predictions of future trends of pathogen and insect activities with respect to specific ecological functions. Like controlled burning, the predictable actions of pathogens and insects may, in the future, be used as tools for ecosystem management.
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CitationHagle, Susan K.; Kegley, Sandra J.; Williams, Stephen B. 1995. Assessing pathogen and insect succession functions in forest ecosystems. In: L. G. Eskew, comp. Forest health through silviculture: proceedings of the 1995 National Silviculture Workshop, Mescalero, New Mexico, May 8-11, 1995. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-267. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station: 117-127
Keywordsforest health, forest pests, plant pathogens, forest ecology, ecosystems, succession, ecosytem management
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