Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-214

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Fungi degrade wood quality in green, red and gray lodgepole pine attacked by Mountain Pine Beetle

Author(s): Breuil, Colette (University of British Columbia)
Subject: Entomology, Pathology, Wood Science
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


In the MPB epidemic, vectored staining fungi and beetles are mutually supportive. Responding to the epidemic requires addressing both beetle and fungal components. We will determine which fungi colonize standing trees in green, red and gray stages and how rapidly introduced vectored fungi stain sapwood. As decay follows staining, we will determine when decay fungi invade a stained tree and how rapidly decay degrades wood properties. The knowledge will enhance recovery of wood from infested areas, and will serve as a 'pilot' study that indicates how to extend the approach to the large epidemic area while delivering effective local detail.

For further information, please contact Colette Breuil, University of British Columbia (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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