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Stand and Site Conditions Related to Southern Pine Beetle Susceptibility

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Stand/site data from infested stands were compared with those from the general forest. Findings supported earlier research relating high basal area, high stand density, high proportion of pines, reduced radial growth rate, low soil pH, and high site index to increased southern pine beetle activity in the West Gulf Coastal Plain. Also, increased understory vegetation and thicker bark of potential host trees were found to favor beetle attack. Discriminant models were derived from data obtained from infested and general stand (baseline) plots and can be used to rank forest stands as to susceptibility to southern pine beetle attack. Forest Sci. 25:656-664.
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Keywords: Dendroctonus frontalis; discriminant analysis

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi

Publication date: 1979-12-01

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