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, Dendroctonus ponderosae (Hopkins) (Negron et al. 2008) (Figure 1). The literature on D. ponderosae 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 concerning different aspects of the biology, ecology, and management of D. ponderosae. 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.
Others in this series:
Progar, Robert A.; Gillette, Nancy; Fettig, Christopher J.; Hrinkevich, Kathryn. 2014. Applied chemical ecology of the mountain pine beetle. Forest Science. 60(3): 414-433.
Bentz, Barbara; Vandygriff, James; Jensen, Camille; Coleman, Tom; Maloney, Patricia; Smith, Sheri; Grady, Amanda; Schen-Langenheim, Greta. 2014. Mountain pine beetle voltinism and life history characteristics across latitudinal and elevational gradients in the western United States. Forest Science. 60(3):434-449.
Fettig, Christopher J.; Gibson, Kenneth E.; Munson, A. Steven; Negron, Jose F. 2014. Cultural practices for prevention and mitigation of mountain pine beetle infestations. Forest Science. 60(3): 450-463.
Lundquist, John E.; Reich, Robin M. 2014. Landscape dynamics of mountain pine beetles. Forest Science. 60(3): 464-475.
Hansen, E. Matthew. 2014. Forest development and carbon dynamics after mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Forest Science. 60(3): 476-488.
Jenkins, Michael J.; Runyon, Justin B.; Fettig, Christopher J.; Page, Wesley G.; Bentz, Barbara J. 2014. Interactions among the mountain pine beetle, fires, and fuels. Forest Science. 60(3): 489-501.
Hoeger, Ingrid; Gleisner, Rolland; Negron, Jose; Rojas, Orlando J.; Zhu, J. Y. 2014. Mountain pine beetle-killed lodgepole pine for the production of submicron lignocellulose fibrils. Forest Science. 60(3): 502-511.
Mercado, Javier E.; Hofstetter, Richard W.; Reboletti, Danielle M.; Negron, Jose F. 2014. Phoretic symbionts of the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins). Forest Science. 60(3): 512-526.
Gillette, Nancy E.; Wood, David L.; Hines, Sarah J.; Runyon, Justin B.; Negron, Jose F. 2014. The once and future forest: Consequences of mountain pine beetle treatment decisions. Forest Science. 60(3): 527-538.
Saab, Victoria A.; Latif, Quresh S.; Rowland, Mary M.; Johnson, Tracey N.; Chalfoun, Anna D.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Heyward, Joslin E.; Dresser, Matthew A. 2014. Ecological consequences of mountain pine beetle outbreaks for wildlife in western North American forests. Forest Science. 60(3): 539-559.