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Biology Articles » Mycology » Professor hopes to help high elevation pines grow
July 20, 2009 --
Thread-like fungi that grow in soils at high elevations may play an
important role in restoring whitebark and limber pine forests in
Canada. Montana State University professor Cathy Cripps is looking for
ways to use fungi to help pine seedlings get a strong start.
is working with resource managers and visitor relations staff from
Waterton Lakes National Park (WLNP). She is part of a project that aims
to restore fire to the national park, reduce the impact of noxious
weeds and restore disturbed sites to native vegetation, including
whitebark and limber pine. The pines have declined from 40 to 60
percent across their range, and when the trees die, the fungi
associated with them also die.
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