You are here: Home
/ Publication Information
Title: Fungi and diseases - natural components of healthy forests
Author: Ostry, M. E.; Laflamme, G.
Source: Botany. 87: 22-25.
Forest health is described and perceived in different ways by the general public, land owners, managers, politicians, and scientists, depending on their values and objectives. Native tree pathogens and diseases are often associated with negative impacts even though damage is limited or not widespread. Too often, the concepts of tree health and forest health are used interchangeably and are not related to scale. Similar to fire, occurrences of disease outbreaks focus on the negative effects. However, native pathogens often exist in equilibrium with natural forest communities so their critical ecological roles are not easily discernible. Examined holistically, native fungi and diseases, dead and dying trees, and the many complex ecological interactions among them provide valuable benefits that ultimately contribute to sustainable, healthy forest ecosystems.
Keywords: forest succession, wildlife habitat, forest diversity, forest management, forest health, tree health
View or Print this Publication (471 KB)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
Ostry, M. E.; Laflamme, G. 2009. Fungi and diseases - natural components of healthy forests. Botany 87:22-25.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility