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Celebrating Wildflowers has a New Look!
Posted February 28, 2014
We made some changes to the Celebrating Wildflowers website. We gave the website a fresh new look and reorganized the content to simplify and make it easier to find your favorite features.
We hope you like the changes we've made and continue to celebrate with us the thousands of wildflowers growing on our national forests and grasslands!
Rocky Mountain Research Station Scientist First to Define Blister Rust Resistant Allele in Limber Pine
Posted February 13, 2014
Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) is being threatened by the lethal disease white pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola), expanding bark beetle pressure, and climate change in mountain environments. In a recent publication in the journal Phytopathology, Forest Service researchers report on the first of a series of studies using individual families to examine complete resistance to white pine blister rust and its inheritance in limber pine.
Complementary Conservation of Wild Cranberry
Posted February 5, 2014
Wild cranberries, from which cultivated cranberries are derived, have been chosen as the first test case for a program to conserve the crop wild relative both in their natural environments (in situ) and in gene banks (ex situ) where they are available for use in research, breeding, and restoration. The large-fruited cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is the commercially important species, while the small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) is a close relative. The wild populations contain genetic diversity that may not be found in the cultivated varieties and could be important in breeding new varieties that can adapt to a changing climate and other environmental stresses.
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