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Fusiform Rust Never Sleeps

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Delivery Group

Fusiform rust, a fungal disease caused by Cronartium quercum f. sp. fusiforme, is the most damaging disease of slash and loblolly pines in the southeastern United States. There are currently over 60.3 million acres of slash and loblolly pine timberland

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Fighting Earthworm Invasions with Fire

by Sarah Farmer, SRS Science Delivery

Consider the lowly earthworm, burrowing under your feet and eating old leaves. These activities may seem inconsequential, but they can actually create, change, or destroy habitat. “Earthworms can fundamentally change the soils they inhabit,” says U.S. Forest Service research ecologist

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New Mesoamerican Pine Beetle Described by SRS Scientist and Collaborators

by Zoё Hoyle, SRS Science Delivery Group

A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle, Dendroctonus mesoamericanus Armendáriz-Toledano and Sullivan, has been described in a paper just published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a U.S. Forest

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