Beetle-pathogen interactions in conifer forests

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Academic Press, 1993 - Nature - 252 pages
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Bark beetles and pathogens are recognized as two of the most important components of conifer forest ecosystems, and their interactions have major consequences for timber production and ecological processes. Because of the close interaction between these groups of organisms, management of their effects requires an integrated approach rather than the traditional separation of insect and pathogen management. Bark beetles often vector of facilitate pathogen transmission, while pathogens often predispose trees to bark beetle attack. This book addresses advances in bark beetle and pathogen systematics, environmental and host factors predisposing trees to bark beetle or pathogen colonization, mechanisms of interaction between bark beetles and pathogens (and associated organisms), effects on trees and forest ecosystems, and management strategies. No previous book has addressed these multiple aspects of bark beetle - pathogen interactions and their management. Interest in these interactions is certain to increase as global change and forest management affect future responses.

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Systematics of bark beetles
Biology and taxonomy of fungi associated with bark beetles
Abiotic and biotic predisposition

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