Characterizing the pine wilt disease pathosystem in the Front Range region of Colorado
Pine wilt disease, caused by the pinewood nematode (Bursaphelenchus xylophilus; PWN), is one of the most damaging invasive species in Asia. Tree mortality associated with PWN has recently been reported in Colorado and surrounding states. There remains little documentation on PWN incidence in native pine species or the biology of potential vectors in the Rocky Mountain region. Here we regionally surveyed for PWN in host trees and two putative insect vectors (Monochamus clamator & M. scutellatus) for two years to develop vector flight phenology models and test the hypothesis that disturbance factors ...
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