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Date: July 1, 2014

Mountain pine beetle synthesis and new research published in Forest Science Journal

FORT COLLINS, Colo., July 1, 2014 – Until now, anyone seeking information on the biology, ecology and management on the mountain pine beetle found the extensive body of scientific literature both challenging and time consuming.

A team of USDA Forest Service Research and Development Scientists – the Western Bark Beetle Research Group, has greatly facilitated this process with the publication of a series of synthesis papers and new research results in the June 2014 issue of Forest Science.

This new synthesis covers a variety of topics from chemical ecology, new findings on insect development, vegetation management to reduce susceptibility, landscape dynamics, forest development and carbon dynamics after outbreaks, associated organisms, landscape processes, utilization, and interactions with fire and wildlife, utilization, and the consequences of treatment decisions.

The available literature on mountain pine beetle dates to the late 1890’s since the pioneering work of A.D. Hopkins, considered the father of forest entomology in North America. This current series of synthesis papers is one that follows previous efforts, which is a continuous process as scientists learn more about the ecology of this important disturbance agent. The mountain pine beetle is a bark beetle that infests and kills many species of pines in Western North America. Its primary hosts are lodgepole and ponderosa pine and eruptive populations across the West in recent years have resulted in extensive tree mortality.

In addition to offer a synthesis and new findings, the series of papers will be of benefit to forest managers, scientists, and students as starting point to explore the literature and develop further basic and applied research questions.

The published articles are on-line at www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/46025.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.

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