2008-01-10

Distinguished Alberta and BC scientists tackle mountain pine beetle infestation with unique biological approach through genomics

Today a team of BC and Alberta scientists are launching a research project to examine the interaction between the mountain pine beetle, the fungal pathogen it carries and pine trees. The initial two-year project with a value of $4 million, is being funded equally by Genome British Columbia and Genome Alberta.

In British Columbia 17 million hectares (about the size of the state of Washington and 18% of BC's total land mass) have already been devastated by the infestation - the largest ever in Canada - and in Alberta well over 1.5 million trees have also been damaged.