The B.C. government is providing $260,000 to further research at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) into parasitic plants that attack coniferous forests in B.C., Science and Universities Minister Ida Chong announced last week.
The funding award is being provided through the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) and used to acquire an advanced scanning electron microscope for research dedicated to controlling dwarf mistletoe, a plant parasite that infects trees and in the case of lodgepole pine, makes the trees more susceptible to pine beetle infestations.
“This funding award will enable researchers at Thompson Rivers University to continue their important work into finding innovative new ways to manage and protect the health of our forests,” said Chong. “It provides important support for Thompson Rivers University, as its scientists continue to build a tradition of research excellence that benefits all British Columbians.”