Forest health

Determining the genetic population of white pine blister rust in North America

This is a study to better understand the diversity in Cronartium ribicola throughout North America.

Richard Hamelin, University of British Columbia

Bob Blanchette, UMN

Determining the flight capability of eastern larch beetle progeny related to beetle size and lipid content

The goal of this project is to breed eastern larch beetle to determine the dispersal ability of brood adults.

Fraser McKee, UMN

Brian Aukema, UMN

Genome editing for gene containment in transgenic black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

The objectives of this study are genetic transformation of black ash for resistance to the emerald ash borer, identification and characterization of black ash AGAMOUS gene (FnAG), and gene cloning and genome editing for reproductive sterility.

Junhyung (Jun) Lee, Purdue

Paula M. Pijut, Purdue and USDA Forest Service

Funding: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center, Purdue University

The suitability of eastern pine species for mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae)

The objective of this study is to determine the suitability of pines grown in the Midwest for mountain pine beetle attack and development.

 Derek Rosenberger, UMN

Brian Aukema

Rob Venette, UMN and USDA Forest Service