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Title: Stem infection by dwarf mistletoe in California firs
Author: Parmeter, John R., Jr.; Scharpf, Robert F.
Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-165. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 7 p
Station ID: RP-PSW-165
Description: In fir stands infested with dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium abietinum Engelm. ex Munz.), the majority of susceptible understory trees had one or more stem infections. Most stem infections entered through infected branches and grew slowly around the stem, resulting in small amounts of decay or stem killing. Decay was not found in trees less than 50 years old. Despite high rates of stem infection, low rates of decay and stem girdling suggest that stem infections will not lead to serious losses in well-managed young-growth stands. Overstory removal and proper spacing to promote rapid height growth and early crown closure are recommended to reduce damage from stem infection.
Key Words: (Arceuthobium abietinum, dwarf mistletoe, Abies concolor, Abies magnifica, white fir, red fir, stem decay, stem infection, sivicultural management
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Parmeter, John R., Jr.; Scharpf, Robert F. 1982. Stem infection by dwarf mistletoe in California firs Res. Paper PSW-RP-165. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station; 7 p.
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