Strict Standards: Declaration of EvalField::populate_from_result() should be compatible with Field::populate_from_result($result) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/field.php on line 387

Strict Standards: Declaration of DateField::xml_value() should be compatible with Field::xml_value($stripTags = false) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/field.php on line 733

Strict Standards: Declaration of DateTimeField::populate_from_result() should be compatible with Field::populate_from_result($result) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/field.php on line 851

Strict Standards: Declaration of CollectionField::populate_from_result() should be compatible with Field::populate_from_result($result) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/collection.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of MultiLookupField::load() should be compatible with CollectionField::load($parentFieldValue, $filter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/multilookup.php on line 61

Strict Standards: Declaration of MultiLookupField::save() should be compatible with CollectionField::save($parentFieldValue, $deleteFilter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/multilookup.php on line 61

Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/adodb/adodb-mysql.inc.php on line 105

Strict Standards: Declaration of Image::upload() should be compatible with File::upload(&$fileItem, $thumbnail = false, $extensions = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 405

Strict Standards: Declaration of FileField::populate_from_post() should be compatible with Field::populate_from_post(&$postItem) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of FileCollectionField::load() should be compatible with CollectionField::load($parentFieldValue, $filter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of FileCollectionField::save() should be compatible with CollectionField::save($parentFieldValue, $deleteFilter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of ImageCollectionField::load() should be compatible with CollectionField::load($parentFieldValue, $filter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of ImageCollectionField::save() should be compatible with CollectionField::save($parentFieldValue, $deleteFilter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/image.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of LookupField::populate_from_result() should be compatible with Field::populate_from_result($result) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/lookup.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of LookupEditor::load() should be compatible with CollectionField::load($parentFieldValue, $filter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/lookupeditor.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of LookupEditor::save() should be compatible with CollectionField::save($parentFieldValue, $deleteFilter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/lookupeditor.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of ContentLinks::load() should be compatible with CollectionField::load($parentFieldValue, $filter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/innovation/contentlinks.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of ContentLinks::save() should be compatible with CollectionField::save($parentFieldValue, $deleteFilter = NULL) in /home/anthology/innovationanthology.com/localfiles/objects/innovation/contentlinks.php on line 0
 Innovation Anthology

Listen to mp3

Program ID: Innovation Anthology #99
Program Date: 01/15/2008
Program Category: Climate Change, Forests, Genomics, Natural Sciences

Gene Research To Unlock Pine Beetle Mystery

Forest managers are desperately searching for ways to stop the advance of mountain pine beetles from British Columbia into Alberta and Saskatchewan.

A new study into the genetic relationship between the beetles, the fungi they carry and the trees they attack could help predict areas at risk.

Lead scientist on the Mountain Pine Beetle Genomics Project is Dr. Janice Cooke, a forest genomics expert at the University of Alberta. As she explains, Alberta forests are different from those in BC.

DR. JANICE COOKE: We live in a very dry environment, a very harsh environment. These trees are under chronic stress. They’re adapted to this stress. But they present a very different buffet to these incoming beetles than do trees in BC. And so one of the chief questions we want to address is how are trees defenses altered in Alberta’s harsh environment. And so we can ask what kind of defense response does it mount by looking at gene expression patterns.

Dr. Janice Cooke says the genetic analysis will also show if the pine beetle outbreaks are a result of genetic adaptation to colder northern conditions.

Thanks today to Genome Alberta.

FOR INNOVATION ANTHOLOGY, I’M CHERYL CROUCHER

Images

Dr. Janice Cooke and Matthew Bryman

Dr. Janice Cooke and Matthew Bryman

Latest Program

Listen to mp3

Syncrude's Mal Carroll explains the long and careful process involved in creating a lake out of a spent oil sands mine pit. (Syncrude)

Read more...

Find me socially!