Title: Elytroderma disease reduces growth and vigor, increases mortality of Jeffrey pines at Lake Tahoe Basin, California
Author: Scharpf, Robert R; Bega, Robert V.;
Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-155. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 6 p
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Description: A disease of Jeffrey pines (Pinus jeffreyi Grev. and Balf.) at Lake Tahoe Basin, California, caused by Elytrodenna disease (Elytroderma deformans) was studied for 7 years after a severe outbreak ofthe fungus in 1971. Among 607 Jeffrey pines on six plots, about one-half were heavily infected and about one-half were moderately or lightly infected in 1971. No uninfected trees were observed. During the 7-year study, about one-half of the trees remained unchanged in vigor, disease intensity, or both, and about one-half decreased in vigor, became more heavily infected, or both. Of the original 607 trees studied, nearly one-third died before 1978. Average radial growth of surviving trees was less per year after the outbreak than before, and heavily infected trees were growing more slowly than lightly infected trees. Intensity of the disease, however, was not related to stand basal area.
Keywords: Pinus jeffreyi, Pinus ponderosa, Pinus contorta, parasitic fungi, Elytroderma deformans, Lake Tahoe Basin, forest protection, mortality rate
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Scharpf, Robert R, and Robert V. Bega. 1981. Elytroderma disease reduces growth and vigor, increases mortality of Jeffrey pines at Lake Tahoe Basin, California. Res. Paper PSW-RP-155. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 6 p
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