Dendroctonus

Diana L. Six, Ryan Bracewell

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    Abstract

    Dendroctonus Erichson is a relatively small genus, but one with a disproportionately large impact on coniferous forests. Its name is particularly suitable (. Dendro- tree, -. tonus destroyer) for a group that contains most of the major conifer-killing bark beetles in the world. The ability of several members of the genus to develop outbreaks and the strong response of several species to anthropogenic change makes these insects of significant economic and ecological importance. The group is also interesting from an evolutionary perspective because of the varied life history strategies and symbiotic associations of its members. This chapter synthesizes a vast and broad literature on Dendroctonus and examines how new approaches are rapidly adding to our understanding of this important group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBark Beetles
    Subtitle of host publicationBiology and Ecology of Native and Invasive Species
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Pages305-350
    Number of pages46
    ISBN (Electronic)9780124171732
    ISBN (Print)9780124171565
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 8 2015

    Keywords

    • Anthropogenic change
    • Bark beetle
    • Climate change
    • Dendroctonus
    • Insect outbreak
    • Symbiosis

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