2013-04-06

Researchers Help Unlock Pine Beetle's Pandora's Box

Twenty researchers -- more than half of them Simon Fraser University graduates and/or faculty -- could become eastern Canada's knights in shining white lab coats.

A paper detailing their newly created sequencing of the mountain pine beetle's (MPB) genome will be gold in the hands of scientists trying to stem the beetle's invasion into eastern forests. The journal Genome Biology has published the paper.

"We know a lot about how beetle infestations can devastate forests, just as the mountain pine beetle has been doing to B.C.'s lodgepole pines," says Christopher Keeling, the paper's lead author.