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How does western spruce budworm feeding affect western larch?

Author(s):

David G. Fellin
Wyman C. Schmidt

Year:

1973

Publication type:

General Technical Report (GTR)

Primary Station(s):

Rocky Mountain Research Station

Historical Station(s):

Intermountain Forest Experiment Station

Source:

Gen. Tech. Rep INT-GTR-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 25 p.

Description

This pictorial describes how western spruce budworm larvae feed on young western larch and the trees' responses to this damage. Larvae feed not only on the current year's foliage-their usual diet on most coniferous hosts-but also sever stems of current year's shoots. Multiple-topped, bushlike trees develop in direct response to the amount and type of damage. As a result, trees cannot maintain straight boles and good form. Sustained budworm damage could conceivably influence the management of western larch-one of the more important conifers in the northern Rockies.

Citation

Fellin, David G.; Schmidt, Wyman C. 1973. How does western spruce budworm feeding affect western larch? Gen. Tech. Rep INT-GTR-7. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 25 p.

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