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Forests, Volume 11, Issue 6 (June 2020) – 108 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The introduction of a pathogen into a novel environment can strongly threaten the new host [...] Read more. The introduction of a pathogen into a novel environment can strongly threaten the new host population from different perspectives. We explored the relationship between an infectious disease and tree host susceptibility to wildfire risk for the first time. We assessed the flammability of bark canker-resistant and susceptible cypress clones infected with the alien pathogen Seiridium cardinale. This study focused on how flammability is affected by terpenoids produced by the host plant in response to infection and the presence of dead plant portions due to the disease. Terpenoids were quantified by GC-MS. A Mass Loss Calorimeter was used to determine flammability. The results confirm that the bark canker disease increases the flammability of cypress trees. The deployment of canker-resistant cypress clones can reduce the flammability of cypress plantations at risk of bark canker infection. View this paper