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Biological approach to mountain pine beetle


February 1, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Calgary, AB, and Vancouver, BC -A team of BC and Alberta scientists are launching a research project to examine the interaction between the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pin…

Calgary, AB, and Vancouver, BC -A team of BC and Alberta scientists are launching a research project to examine the interaction between the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pine trees. The initial two-year project with a value of $4 million, is being funded equally by Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta.

In British Columbia 13 million hectares has already been devastated by the infestation -the largest ever in Canada -and in Alberta well over 1.5 million trees have also been damaged.

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This project is a natural extension of Genome British Columbia’s significant investment in Forestry Genomics Research Projects, $25 million to date, which have been at work for seven years. While this first phase of the Mountain Pine Beetle Project is being funded by British Columbia and Alberta, it is expected that a more comprehensive national and international effort with an additional $10 million budget will follow.


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