Complex interactions between dwarf mistletoe, fuel loading, and fire in the lodgepole pine dominated forests of central Colorado
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Lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium americanum Nutt. ex Engelm) is an obligate hemiparsite that infects lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta Dougl. Ex. Loud) throughout the large majority of lodgepole pine’s range. Lodgepole pine dwarf mistletoe increases mortality rates, alters tree biomass distributions, and slows overall tree growth, which results in substantial losses to stand productivity and wood quality. In lodgepole pine dominated forests, dwarf mistletoe and wildfire are fundamental disturbances that may interact with each other in complex ways. This interaction is bidirectional as ...