Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (53 KB)

Title: Application of molecular genetic tools for forest pathology

Author: Kim, Mee-Sook; Hanna, John; Ross-Davis, Amy; Klopfenstein, Ned;

Date: 2012

Source: Journal of Forestry. 110(8): 489.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: In recent years, advances in molecular genetics have provided powerful tools to address critical issues in forest pathology to help promote resilient forests. Although molecular genetic tools are initially applied to understand individual components of forest pathosystems, forest pathosystems involve dynamic interactions among biotic and abiotic components of the environment. More sophisticated and holistic molecular genetic approaches are now available to better understand dynamic interactions of forest pathosystems. This presentation will describe how advanced molecular genetic technologies can improve our understanding of ecosystem interactions to promote resilient forests. These molecular genetic tools include (1) molecular diagnostics for detecting, identifying, and monitoring forest pathogens and other organisms; (2) phylogenetics for determining evolutionary relationships and global distributions of forest hosts, pathogens and associated organisms; (3) population genetics for assessing population structure of forest organisms; (4) genomics for evaluating gene structure and function; and (5) metagenomics for analyzing forest communities, ecological functions, and interactions among the abiotic and biotic environment.

Keywords: molecular genetics, forest pathology

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.



Kim, Mee-Sook; Hanna, John; Ross-Davis, Amy; Klopfenstein, Ned. 2012. Application of molecular genetic tools for forest pathology. Journal of Forestry. 110(8): 489.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.