Post thinning interactions between lodgepole pine host physiology, growth, chemistry, and survival with mountain pine beetle
Bark beetle outbreaks have caused adverse economic and lumber deficiencies impacting 10.3 million ha since 2000 (Cochran and Barrett 1993; Fettig 2021; Lindgren and Raffa 2013). A common bark beetle management method is to reduce basal area. Reducing within-stand competition may improve individual tree vigor but also can alter stand-level resistance to beetles. Some studies have also shown that density reduction treatments can have deleterious effects on tree resistance. Lodgepole pine trees (Pinus contorta Douglas ex Loudon var. latifolia Engelman) across the northern Rocky Mountains have been ...
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