Canadian Forest Service Publications

A view of forest pathology research in Canada. 1990. Lachance, D. The Forestry Chronicle 66: 127-132.

Year: 1990

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 14136

Language: English

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Losses due to diseases are an important part of forest pest depletion, therefore much is expected from forest pathology research. Examples of recent accomplishments in forest disease protection include a vastly increased knowledge in the field of root and butt rots as well as in control methodologies and in the predictability of such problems; the development of control strategies for scleroderris canker through increased surveys, improved diagnostic methodologies and new control techniques; the establishment of white pine blister rust hazard zones; and the publication of user-friendly technical bulletins. As the pool of forest pathology researchers has changed little in recent years, the task ahead is enormous when compared to expectations. However, acquired knowledge, the application of new technologies, and the more common acceptance of the integrated pest management (IPM) concept should allow for significant strides forward in forest disease control. Finally, it is suggested that forest pathologists take the lead in promoting a concept of forest health to promote better integration of forest disease protection with forest stand productivity and survival.