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Title: George Henry Hepting: Pioneer Leader in Forest Pathology

Author: Cowling, Ellis B.; Kelman, Arthur; Powers, Harry R. Jr.;

Date: 1999

Source: Annu. Rev. Phympathol. 1999. 37: 19-28

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: George Henry Hepting grew up in the city environment of Brooklyn, but early in his life developed a deep love and scientific interest in forestry. He became America's most skilled scientist in the theory and practice of forest pathology. He studied how long-lived forest trees, unlike most plants, cope with the long-term changes in their biological, physical, and chemical environments. He devoted his remarkably energetic life to learning, understanding, and teaching how trees survive disease stresses induced by biotic and abiotic agents-in forest nurseries, as individual trees, in young sapling stands, in naturally regenerated and planted stands, in old-growth forests, and in landscapes and watersheds. He focused his innovative spirit, curiosity and high intelligence or, seeking ways to use this understanding to develop practical guidelines for management that can be used to decrease or minimize disease losses and deterioration of wood in service. From the research that he and his close co-workers completed have come many tangible benefits. Throughout his life, Hepting was devoted to maintaining the rich biological heritage of this country in its forests and wildlife resources, in national, state, and city parks, and trees in residential, commercial, and recreational landscapes-resources that are important, not only to the economic vitality, but also for the spirit and aesthetic quality of life in the United States.

Keywords: air pollution impacts on forests, climate impacts on forests, decay and discolorations in wood products, diseases of forest and shade trees, forest pathology, International Tree Disease Register

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Cowling, Ellis B.; Kelman, Arthur; Powers, Harry R., Jr. 1999. George Henry Hepting: Pioneer Leader in Forest Pathology. Annu. Rev. Phympathol. 1999. 37: 19-28


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