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This week in the PNAS Early Edition, an international research team led by investigators at the University of British Columbia reports "insights, from genome and transcriptome analyses, into how [Grosmannia clavigera] tolerates conifer-defense chemicals, including oleoresin terpenoids, as they colonize a host tree." G. clavigera, the authors note, is a "critical component of" the current mountain pine beetle outbreak, as it is in symbiosis with mountain pine beetle, but pathogenic in lodgepole pine trees.

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