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Synthesis Paper on the Mountain Pine Beetle Biology and Management Now Available

Photo of Biocontrol method uses mites to manage mountain pine beetles. USDA Forest ServiceBiocontrol method uses mites to manage mountain pine beetles. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : A series of 10 papers prepared by experts on mountain pine present a synthesis of the state of the knowledge on selected aspects on the beetle biology, ecology, and management of the insect. The synthesis involved mountain pine beetle literature dating back to the late 1890s. It was prepared primarily by the Forest Service Research and Development entomologists members of the Western Bark Beetle Group. The papers were published in the June 2014 edition of Forest Science.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Negron, Jose 
Research Location : Western United States
Research Station : Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS)
Year : 2014
Highlight ID : 696


It is well documented in the scientific and popular literature that large-scale bark beetle outbreaks are occurring across many coniferous forests in the western United States. One of the major species exhibiting extensive eruptive populations resulting in high levels of tree mortality is the mountain pine beetle (MPB). The literature on MPB is extensive and "navigating" through the many outlets in seeking information and summarizing it can be a daunting task. This special section of Forest Science contains 10 papers addressing different aspects of the biology, ecology, and management of the MPB. A number of relevant topics are reviewed and available literature synthesized for use by land managers, forest health specialists, scientists, and students from a variety of disciplines. Novel research results are also presented in select papers.

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External Partners

  • Amanda Grady, Forest Health
  • Danielle M. Reboletti, Forest Health, Region 4
  • Kenneth Gibson, Forest Health, Region 1 (Retired)
  • Sheri Smith, Forest Health, Region 5
  • Steve Munson, Forest Health, Region 4
  • Tom Coleman, Forest Health, Region 5
  • Anna D. Chalfoun, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • Camille Jensen, University of California, Davis
  • David L. Wood, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ingrid Hoeger, North Carolina State University
  • Joslin E. Heyward, University of Wyoming
  • Kathryn Hrinkevich, Oregon State University
  • Matthew A. Dresser, Montana State University
  • Michael Jenkins, Utah State University
  • Orlando J. Rojas, North Carolina State University
  • Patricia Maloney, University of California, Davis
  • Richard W. Hofstetter, Northern Arizona University School of Forestry
  • Robin Reich, Colorado State University
  • Steven W. Buskirk, University of Wyoming
  • Tracey N. Johnson, University of Wyoming
  • Wesley G. Page, Utah State University

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