Posted by: Sandy Steinman | September 13, 2021

Drought and climate change shift tree disease in Sierra Nevada

from UC Berkeley Rausser College of Natural Resources

Even pathogens have their limits. When it gets too hot or too dry, some pathogens — like many living things — search for cooler, wetter and more hospitable climes. Ecologists have questioned if a warming, drying climate is connected to the spread of plant disease, but detecting a climate change fingerprint has been elusive.

A study from researchers at Rausser College of Natural Resources and the University of California, Davis, provides some of the first evidence that climate change and drought are shifting the range of infectious disease in forests suffering from white pine blister rust disease.

Read more Drought and climate change shift tree disease in Sierra Nevada | UC Berkeley Rausser College of Natural Resources


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