Mistletoe-induced crown degradation in Scots pine in a xeric environment.

  title={Mistletoe-induced crown degradation in Scots pine in a xeric environment.},
  author={Andreas Rigling and Britta Eilmann and Roger Koechli and Matthias Dobbertin},
  journal={Tree physiology},
  volume={30 7},
Increasing Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) mortality has been recently observed in the dry inner valleys of the European Alps. Besides drought, infection with pine mistletoe (Viscum album ssp. austriacum) seems to play an important role in the mortality dynamics of Scots pines, but how mistletoes promote pine decline remains unclear. To verify whether pine mistletoe infection weakens the host via crown degradation, as observed for dwarf mistletoes, we studied the negative effects of pine… CONTINUE READING
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