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. Colette Breuil.
Breuil, Colette. 2003. Fungi degrade wood quality in green, red and gray lodgepole pine attacked by Mountain Pine Beetle. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2003MR334