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Webinar: Forest Pathogens and Climate Change

The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

Forest Pathogens: It’s not just trees that will respond to a changing climate
Wednesday, January 10
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

Pathogens cause diseases of forest trees and the environment plays a critical role in regulating the disease process. It is expected that trees will be affected by future climate conditions, but how will future conditions affect the interactions between trees and pathogens? In this talk, Tod will outline potential changes in disease processes by closely examining how environmental conditions affect the life stages of foliar, rust, and root diseases as well as decay agents. He will also discuss potential adaptation strategies that can be utilized to mitigate the impacts of climate change on forest trees and potential forest pathology issues associated with assisted migration.

About the Presenter

Tod Ramsfield received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Forest Pathology under the supervision of Professor Bart van der Kamp in 2002. From 2002 to 2010, Tod was employed by Scion (the New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd.) where he worked on DNA-based detection of forest pathogens that were of biosecurity concern to New Zealand. In 2010, Tod returned to Canada to work for the Canadian Forest Service in Edmonton, Alberta. Current projects include silvicultural control of Armillaria root disease, soil microbial community assessment in natural and reclaimed areas around Cold Lake and Fort McMurray, heart rot of aspen caused by Phellinus tremulae, and Dothistroma needle blight. Tod also maintains an active interest in invasive forest pathogens and is the leader of IUFRO research group 7.02.00 – Forest Pathology.

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