NW Lodgepole Forest

Asymptomatic fungal endophytes colonize tissues of woody plants worldwide, with largely unknown ecological effects. Using culture-based methods and ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 rDNA sequence analysis, we investigated differences between foliar endophyte communities in disease-resistant hybrid and wild-type Pinus monticola (Western white pine) trees with observed variation in tree growth, vigor, and browsing damage by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).

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