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Western forest diseases and climate relations: General considerations, dwarf mistletoe and stem rusts


Geils, B. W. 2008. Western forest diseases and climate relations: General considerations, dwarf mistletoe and stem rusts. In: McWilliams, Michael; Palacios, Patsy, comps. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Western International Forest Disease Work Conference; 2007 October 15-19; Sedona, AZ. Salem, OR: Oregon Department of Forestry. p. 19-24.

This is a preliminary, draft outline for organizing information on the relation of climate to western forest diseases. The question is how to assess the threat of these diseases under a regime of climate change. Although forest diseases are often important, assessment of disease-climate relations is a challenging problem due to the multiple values at risk and the complexity of these systems. Several approaches are described and illustrated with examples for mistletoes and stem rust. Only a sampling of examples is given to illustrate a variety of concepts; many additional examples are to be found in the literature. Knowledge gaps are identified.

Keywords: forest diseases, climate relations, dwarf mistletoe, stem rusts


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Western forest diseases and climate relations: General considerations, dwarf mistletoe and stem rusts
Electronic Publish Date: January 26, 2010
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