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    Author(s): Justin N. Rosemier; Andrew J. Storer
    Date: 2011
    Source: In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 675-676.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Exotic tree diseases have direct impacts on their host and may have indirect effects on native fauna that rely on host tree species. For example, American beech (Fagus grandifolia [Ehrh.]) is a dominant overstory component throughout its range and, like all tree species, is vulnerable to a broad array of insects and pathogens. These pests include beech bark disease (BBD), a disease complex consisting of an introduced scale insect (Cryptococcus fagisuga [Lind.]) and several species of native and introduced Nectria fungi. Due to the high levels of mortality sustained by American beech (50-85 percent in the areas of highest infection), it is likely that forests in the aftermath of BBD could differ greatly from pre-invasion beech forests. This abstract reports on small mammals' relative preference for European beech (Fagus sylvatica [(L.]) and sugar maple (Acer saccharum [Marsh.]) seed, the direct impacts of BBD on seed production of American beech, and indirect impacts of this disease complex on native small mammals in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan.

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    Rosemier, Justin N.; Storer, Andrew J. 2011. Assessing native small mammals' responses to an incipient invasion of beech bark disease through changes in seed production of American beech. In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 675-676.

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