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USDA Bark Beetle


Forest and Woodland Ecosystems
Logan, Utah Lab

As part of the Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program (FWE) of the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS), we research ecological disturbances associated with bark beetles in a changing climate. Our research is focused on bark beetles in conifer forests including the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) and spruce beetle (D. rufipennis).

Live bristlecone pine surrounded by mountain pine beetle killed limber pine


Constitutive and induced defenses in long-lived pines do not trade off but are influenced by climate (2022)
Authors: Runyon JB, Bentz BJ, Qubain CA

Great Basin bristlecone pine mortality: Causal factors and management implications (2022)
Authors: Bentz BJ, Millar CI, Vandygriff JC, Hansen EM

Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata) is a confirmed host to mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) (2021)
Authors: Bentz BJ, Hansen EM, Vandygriff JC, Stephens SS, Soderberg D

Scientific response to intensifying bark beetle outbreaks in Europe and North America (2021)
Authors: Hlasny T, Zimova S, Bentz B


Changes in tree drought sensitivity provided early warning signals to the California drought and forest mortality event (2021)
Authors: Keen RM, Voelker SL, Wang SY, Bentz BJ, Goulden ML, Dangerfield CR, Reed CC, Hood SM, Csank AZ, Dawson TE, Merschel AG

Lignin concentrations in phloem and outer bark are not associated with resistance to mountain pine beetle among high elevation pines (2021)
Authors: Soderberg DN, Kyre B, Bonello P, Bentz BJ

Translocation experiment reveals capacity for mountain pine beetle persistence under climate warming (2020)
Authors: Soderberg DN, Mock KE, Hofstetter RW, Bentz BJ

  Susceptibility of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae Hopkins) to gene silencing through RNAi provides potential as a novel management tool (2020)
Authors: Kyre BR, Bentz BJ, Rieske LK



Forest and Woodland Ecosystems Science Program
Rocky Mountain Research Station
and the USDA Forest Service, Logan Utah 84321

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