Mountain Pine Beetle System Genomics - using genomics of the interacting bark beetles, fungal pathogens and host pine trees to improve forest ecological risk models and inform economic models for more reliable prediction of feedstock supply from renewable forest inventory for forest-based industry, such as the emerging lignocellulosic bioenergy industry.
This large-scale genomics research project on the mountain pine beetle (MPB) epidemic is now funded under Genome Canada’s competition in Applied Genomics Research in Bioproducts or Crops with cofunding provided by Genome British Columbia, Genome Alberta, and the University of Alberta.
Since the MPB epidemic is a disease system involving the interaction of three genomes, the name "tria" was chosen - meaning "three" in both Greek and Latin.

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Announcing The NSERC TRIA Network: Turning Risk Into Action for the Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic

The NSERC TRIA Network (TRIA-Net) is a recently funded initiative under the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Strategic Network Grants program which will work to protect Canadian forests through science-based strategies to control spread of the mountain pine beetle in Canada. 

Directed by Dr. Janice Cooke (University of Alberta) and co-directed Dr. Joerg Bohlmann (University of British Columbia), this highly collaborative research initiative will leverage the interdisciplinary strengths of 18 contributing scientists, in addition to government, not-for-profit, and industry organizations which have been integrated into the Network structure.

Over the five year Network timeframe, TRIA-Net will build on the ground-breaking research from the Tria Project that originally began in 2007. Working closely with its Partner Organizations, TRIA-Net research will provide knowledge and tools in real time to decision makers, helping them combat the continued spread of this devastating forest insect.

Additional information on this newly funded initiative can be found on The NSERC TRIA Network page, and we invite you to explore the Tria Project website to view our research efforts to date. 





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