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Pacific Southwest Research Station


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Pacific Southwest
Research Station

800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011
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Research Topics: Insects and Disease

The walnut twig beetle excavates under bark to inoculate a tree with the Geosmithia morbida fungus, resulting in Thousand Cankers Disease.
The walnut twig beetle excavates under bark and inoculates the tree with the Geosmithia morbida fungus, resulting in Thousand Cankers Disease. Photo by Curtis Utley, CSUE, Bugwood.org.

Research

Invasive Insects: PSW has one of the world's leading authorities on termite taxonomy and has developed and evaluated numerous methods for assessment, taxonomy clarification, and control.

Pitch Canker: This fungus causes several serious diseases of pines. The pathogen infects a variety of vegetative and reproductive pine structures at different stages of maturity and produces a diversity of symptoms.

Response to Climate Change: Extreme weather can kill large expanses of trees directly by overwhelming tree physiological and structural strength. Patterns and rates of wood decay, caused by forest fungi, are also expected to change in response to climate changes which will influence forest carbon cycles.

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