Event Title

An Individual Based Model of Mountain Pine Beetle Responses to Climate and Host Resistance

Event Website

http://www.nafew2009.org/

Start Date

22-6-2009 11:30 AM

End Date

22-6-2009 11:50 AM

Description

We have developed a model describing the responses of mountain pine beetle to daily fluctuations of temperature, in terms of development, survival and reproduction. The model also describes the aggregation, attack, and competition of beetles in pine stands. Built in an individual based framework, using an object-oriented approach, this model can predict the response of beetle populations to climatic conditions and host plant resistance and distribution, at the stand level. We are using this model to better understand the interaction between climate and host plant resistance that determine population growth rates in various environments. We will focus on the contrasting population performance of MPB on whitebark pine compared to lodgepole pine.

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An Individual Based Model of Mountain Pine Beetle Responses to Climate and Host Resistance

We have developed a model describing the responses of mountain pine beetle to daily fluctuations of temperature, in terms of development, survival and reproduction. The model also describes the aggregation, attack, and competition of beetles in pine stands. Built in an individual based framework, using an object-oriented approach, this model can predict the response of beetle populations to climatic conditions and host plant resistance and distribution, at the stand level. We are using this model to better understand the interaction between climate and host plant resistance that determine population growth rates in various environments. We will focus on the contrasting population performance of MPB on whitebark pine compared to lodgepole pine.

http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nafecology/sessions/whitebark/9