The role of lightning in the epidemiology of the Southern Pine Beetle
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): R. N. Coulson; P. B. Hennifer; Richard O. Flamm; E. J. Rykeil; L. C. Hu; T. L. Payne
Publication Year: 1983

Cataloging Information

  • arthropods
  • bark
  • Dendroctonus frontalis
  • distribution
  • disturbance
  • forest management
  • insects
  • lightning
  • pine
  • pine forests
  • Pinus
  • storms
  • trees
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 39099
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13730
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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An hypothesis that there is a fundamental relationship between the epidemiology of Denderoctonus frontalis Zimn. and the occurence of lightning in pine forests of the southern U.S. is presented. Evidence to support the hypothesis is provided through an examination of 1. historical information on the association of bark beetles and lightning struck pines. 2. the effects of lightning on trees, and 3. the association of thunderstorm frequency and distibution and the incidence of cloud to ground lightning strikes. The hypothesis is interpreted by examination of 1. foraging strategy of D. frontalis and defense strategies of host pines, 2. climatic release of populations, and 3. disturbance theory in ecology.

Coulson, R. N., P. B. Hennifer, R. O. Flamm, E. J. Rykeil, L. C. Hu, and T. L. Payne. 1983. The role of lightning in the epidemiology of the Southern Pine Beetle. Journal of Applied Entomolgy, v. 96, p. 182-193.