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The implications of climate change on the range expansion of the mountain pine beetle, Dedroctonus ponderosae across the Canadian boreal forest van der Merwe, Daniel

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As climate change increases, habitat previously unsuitable for the mountain pine beetle (MPB), Dendroctonus ponderosae, is beginning to warm resulting in range expansion opportunities. Global climate change models predict that the MPB range will expand eastward from British Columbia, Canada into the Canadian boreal forest. With current scientific evidence available to verify its recent exploitation of jack pine as a viable host, this paper will address the possibility of the boreal forest to sustain endemic populations, enabling the beetle to move through the prairies into the vast pine stands of Ontario and Quebec.

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