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Protection of Disease-Resistant Western White Pine Seed from Insect Damage

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Seed produced in blister rust-resistant western white pine (Pinus monticola Douglas) seed orchards is in high demand. The fir coneworm, Dioryctria abietivorella (Groté), and the lodgepole pine coneworm, Eucosma recissoriana (Heinrich), cause considerable damage to seed crops in the Moscow Arboretum seed orchard. Single (May or June) and repeated (May and June) applications of 0.025% fenvalerate, and repeated applications (May and June) of 0.0125% fenvalerate, a synthetic botanical insecticide, were evaluated in 1986 for protection of cone crops. Results in 1986 confirm results in 1984 (Haverty et al. 1986): an application of 0.025% fenvalerate in May and June significantly reduces insect damage, regardless of the relative abundance of cones or insects. The decision to use a single or repeated application depends on demand for seed, projected seed crop and insect populations, and socioeconomic costs of the treatment. West. J. Appl. For. 3(1):18-20, January 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Cooperative Forestry and Pest Management, Northern Region, USDA Forest Service, P.O. Box 7669, Missoula, MT 59807

Publication date: January 1, 1988

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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