Effects of Stand Density Management on Forest Insects and Diseases

  • Les Safranyik R
  • Morrison D
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Abstract

Strategic ImportanceAs the dependence on second-growth forest increases
for a wide variety of objectives, stand management is becoming increasingly
important in British Columbia and Canada. Forest managers must not
only choose methods that are economically, silviculturally and environmentally
sound, they must also be aware of the implications of stand manipulation
on incidence of diseases and insects. For example, some pests thrive
under more open conditions and some will only become harmful when
crown closure is complete. Depending on the biology of the pest,
changes in the stand environment may increase, or decrease or not
substantially affect the damage the pest causes.

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  • Stand density mangement; insects; disease; strateg

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Authors

  • Ralph Nevill Les Safranyik

  • Duncan Morrison

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