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New insights into mountain pine beetles

March 9, 2009

The mountain pine beetle has migrated from the Western Slope to the Eastern Slope of Colorado. If you have these hungry pests in your backyard, you may be interested in attending a talk on Wednesday, March 11 on the Colorado State campus by Jeffrey Mitton. Mitton is a geneticist/biologist from the University of Colorado who studies mountain pine beetle outbreaks.

DNA of insects

Jeffrey Mitton, a University of Colorado Professor in ecology and evolutionary biology and a science columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera, will be at CSU on Wednesday, March 11 at noon in the Plant Sciences Building, room E008, to speak on the new insights into the mountain pine beetle that have been gained by the study of Mitochondrial DNA in these insects.

As a geneticist, Mitton studies patterns of genetic variation and processes that produce evolutionary change in natural populations, including those of the mountain pine beetle. 

Population bottleneck

Mitton's research examines the possibility of a population bottleneck in specialist populations (smaller populations) of the mountain pine beetle.  A population bottleneck is an evolutionary event in which a significant percentage of a population or species is killed or otherwise prevented from reproducing.

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management hosts a weekly seminar on campus.

Contact: Janet Dill
Phone: (970) 491-0402