The Acorn Connections

Gypsy Moth defoliation and Lyme disease are major problems in eastern US oak forests. Using a combination of long-term studies and large-scale experiments, our collaborative research has shown that acorns initiate a complex series of ecological chain reactions. These interactions can ultimately determine whether or not Gypsy Moth outbreaks will occur, and can determine Lyme disease risk to people.

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