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TRIA-Net and MPB in the News

The MPB epidemic in BC and Alberta has been of significant interest of recent articles is listed by date. Scientific Publications are listed separately.

September 25, 2017

Radio Canada – Boulevard du Pacifique (featuring Richard Hamelin, TRIA-Net Researcher)
-Protection et sensibilisation du public à l’importance des forêts

September 24, 2017

The South Peace News (featuring Antonia Musso, TRIA-Net Graduate Student)
– How susceptible are jack pines to the pine beetle?

September 13, 2017

CBC News (featuring Nadir Erbilgin and Allan Carroll, TRIA-Net Researchers)
No end to pine beetle battle in Alberta, experts say

September 1, 2017

Branchlines – UBC (featuring Maya Evenden and Allan Carroll, TRIA-Net Researchers)
– Invasion of boreal forests by the mountain pine beetle

August 9, 2017

CBC News (featuring Nadir Erbilgin, TRIA-Net Researcher)
 Sticky sap protects lodgepole pines against beetles: UofA researcher

December 23, 2016

Science Magazine (featuring Lael Parrott, TRIA-Net Researcher)
– Like birds, insects may travel in sync with the seasons

September 9, 2016

CBC News (featuring Keith McClain, TRIA-Net Partner and Board Member)
– Jasper National Park could face ‘change in landscape’ due to mountain pine beetle infestation

September 8, 2015

TRIA-Net researchers Joerg Bohlmann (University of British Columbia) and Mark Lewis (University of Alberta) have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.
Class of 2015

August, 2015

NATURE Heredity Podcast (featuring Jasmine Janes, former TRIA-Net HQP (Sperling Lab))

August 24, 2015

Calgary Herald (featuring Erica Samis, TRIA-Net Partner and Board Member)
– Drought-stressed trees in Alberta could see more mountain pine beetles.

August 16, 2015

The Globe and Mail (featuring Allan Carroll, TRIA-Net Researcher)
Drought-stricken forest in BC, Alberta face new threat from insects.

June 22, 2015

Bloomberg Business Report (featuring Cathy Cullingham, TRIA-Net Researcher and Ian Burns, TRIA-Net HQP)
Photographic article

August 26, 2014

University of Alberta 
Attack of the Pine Beetle
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August 23, 2014

CBC: The Nature of Things (featuring Allan Carroll, TRIA-Net Researcher)

March 29, 2013

The Guardian
– Genome Research: discovery as an everyday event

March 27, 2013

Global BC video

Novemeber 28, 2012

Genome (featuring Cathy Cullingham, TRIA-Net Researcher)

March 26, 2013

CBC News
– Mountain pine beetle genome decoded 

October 30, 2012

Salt Lake Tribune
– Beetle invasion threatens forests from coast to coast 

August 1, 2012

BC Forest Professional
– Using genomic data to understand the mountain pine beetle epidemic

March 19, 2012

Edmonton Journal
– U of A research finds beetles, fungus endanger iconic pines

July 17, 2011

Alberta Venture (featuring Cathy Cullingham, TRIA-Net Researcher)
Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People 2011

April 13, 2011

Discovery News
– Will the pine beetle cross the continent? 

April 9, 2011

CBC: quirks and quarks radio interview (featuring Cathy Cullingham, TRIA-Net Researcher)

January 26, 2011

Scientific American
– Spruce Up: Researchers pinpoint genes that give pine-killing fungus immunity to host tree defenses 

January 24, 2011

– When trees attack, fungus can parry 

January 4, 2011

Globe & Mail
– Alberta winning the battle against beetles thanks to lessons learned in BC

March 29, 2010

Northwest Science and Technology
– Genome sequence of fungus may further pine beetle research 

January 29, 2010

– Rethinking the beetle

November 13, 2009

– Managing the beetle

September 29, 2009

MycorWeb Fungal Genomics
– Sequencing a tree-killing fungus by 454 and Illumina 

September 25, 2009

– Une nouvelle manière de séquencer les génomes plus vite et à moindre coût 

September 18, 2009

Nature News
– Fungus genome boosts fight to save North American forests

September 15, 2009

Science Daily
– New sequencing technique could boost pine beetle fight, improve cancer research 

June 30, 2009

BBC News
– North America faces beetle plague

In June 2009, there was extensive national and regional media coverage of the public announcement of Genome Canada / Genome BC / Genome Alberta $7.8M funding for the mountain pine beetle genomics project under Genome Canada’s ABC competition. A selection of articles is listed below:

July 1, 2009

Genomic research for tackling mountain pine beetle

June 30, 2009

Globe & Mail
– Genome projects devote millions to study forests

June 30, 2009

Vancouver Sun
– Scientists use genetic research to tackle mountain pine beetle 

June 30, 2009

Biomass Magazine
– Pine beetle studies to influence Canadian feedstock supply research

June 30, 2009

Pulp and Paper Canada
– Genomic research will forecast the potential of a forestry biofuels industry

March 30, 2009

Globe & Mail
– Pine beetle target of DNA research 

December 1, 2008

Natural Elements
– Inside the genes of the mountain pine beetle

August 1, 2008

– Genome Alberta using 21st Century biology to tackle the Mountain Pine Beetle

June 1, 2008

Frontier UBC Journal
 Pests on the Prowl – Targeting BC`s pine beetle epidemic

January 23, 2008

– The science of stopping the pine beetle

January 15, 2008

Innovation Anthology
– Gene research to unlock pine beetle mystery 

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Selection of additional MPB related articles

April 4, 2013

CBC News
– Mountain pine beetle poised to ravage Eastern Canada

January 21, 2013

The Vancouver Sun
– Mountain pine beetles threaten endangered whitebark pine

August 14, 2012

CBC News
– Pesky beetle in Alberta gets extra attention from Saskatechewan

December 2, 2011

Vancouver Sun
– In the wake of a plague 

April 24, 2011

The Globe and Mail
– Provinces join ranks to stop eastward march of mountain pine beetle

February 1, 2011

Pulp & Paper Canada
– Alberta Newsprint adopts new technology for beetle-killed wood

January 16, 2011

CBC News
– B.C. shares pine beetle lessons with Alberta

September 8, 2010

– NASA satellites reveal surprising connection between beetle attacks, wildfire


August 20, 2010

Vancouver Sun
– Pine beetles’ march across B.C. is a catastrophe in slow motion

February 1, 2010

CBC News
– Forest industry pitches new bio-products

November 11, 2009

UN News Service
– SEAL THE DEAL: invasive species pose huge threat to ecosystems, UN says 

April 28, 2008

CBC News
– Pine beetle outbreak adds to greenhouse gas woes 

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