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SFU researchers help unlock pine beetle's Pandora's box
Date:4/5/2013

ers who must decide where to best put a province's resources to mitigate further damage."

The genome sequencing of the first North American pest bark beetle species in the genus Dendroctonus also uncovers a bacterial gene that has jumped into the MPB genome. This gene codes for an enzyme that digests sugar.

"It might be used to digest woody tissue and/or micro-organisms that grow in the beetle's tunnels beneath the bark of a tree," explains Keeling. "Gene transfers sometimes make organisms more successful in their environments."


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Contact: Carol Thorbes
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778-782-3035
Simon Fraser University
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