The Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation’s 2017 student research grant has been awarded to Kiah Allen, who is entering a MSc program at University of British Columbia under the direction of Dr. Richard Hamelin. Kiah will be determining the level of hybridization and introgression of the hybrid pine stem rust Cronartium x flexili. This hybrid between Cronartium ribicola (found on white pines) and Cronartium comandra (found on 2-needled pines such as lodgepole) is surprising because it does not share hosts. Kiah’s full proposal will be in the next issue of Nutcracker Notes.
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