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Models for the spread of white pine blister rust Kot, Mark


White pine blister rust (Cronartium ribicola) is a fungal pathogen that attacks and harms five-needle, soft, or white pines. This rust has a complex life cycle that includes two hosts and numerous spore stages. In this talk, I will introduce you to a series of increasingly complex models for the spread of this disease, and I will show you how we can use integrodifference equations, exponential transforms, and the method of steepest descent to estimate the pathogen's rate of spread.

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