Special Issue "Interactions between Bark Beetles and Forests"
A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 November 2013)
Dr. Beat Wermelinger (Website)
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Forest Dynamics, Zürcherstrasse 111, 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Fax: +41 44 739 22 15
Interests: forest entomology, bark beetles, natural enemies of bark beetles, insect-host tree interactions, saproxylic beetles, insect succession after windthrows and wildfires, insects on urban trees, alien insect species
Insects pose a serious threat to European forests, causing potentially more damage than e.g. fires or storms. Similarly, in forests of the U.S.A. insects and diseases cause the largest economic losses of all disturbances. Bark beetles are probably the group with the greatest detrimental potential. They have the ability not only to kill single trees and stands, but also to reshape entire forest landscapes, as has recently happened in North America after outbreaks of the mountain pine beetle. Climate change is likely to increase outbreak risks both directly, by accelerating insect development, and indirectly, by reducing host tree resistance.
Among the key factors driving bark beetle outbreaks are the complex interactions between the trees defending themselves against bark beetle attack and the beetles striving to overcome this defense. The outcome very much depends on external abiotic and biotic factors. Our insufficient understanding of these host tree-pest interactions constitutes a major gap, e.g. in parameterizing risk models of bark beetle attack, and further research is essential.
For this special issue, papers are welcome on all aspects of the interactions between trees and bark beetles, as well as on resistance at the tree and stand level, tritrophic interactions including natural enemies, and methods and indicators for identifying "tree resistance" to bark beetles. Contributions are also encouraged on the possible impacts of climate change on bark beetle population dynamics, as well as on the development and management of forests under increasing pressure from bark beetles.
Dr. Beat Wermelinger
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- population dynamics
- tree resistance
- infestation risk
- tritrophic interactions