also Elm disease, (in Edm. anyway)!
time to re-look at/increase funding
for present entomologists....Federal?
area? AND for training of FUTURE
students (prov. area) of insects, chemistry, biology,environment, hydrologists, forestry, horticulture, genetics, etc. funding NOW will be ONLY way to benefit/assure our future generations this resource will be there.
It is very disconcerting how these beetles can destroy hectares of forest.They can be heard munching on the trees.
This book opens our eyes to the forces of nature.
Empire of the Beetle --- by Andrew Nikiforuk Bugs, Bugs, Bugs. Or perhaps it should more precisely be Beetles and Beetles and how they interact with their forest environments and how this relationship can be botched by “forest management”. Western forest of lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, as well as eastern Balsam and numerous other species are at risk, especially in those areas that have been “managed” through fire suppression and pesticide use. The attackers are sly. They exploit the sudden advantage bequeathed upon them by climatic change; they have ramped up their fertility to produce larger and larger swarms of invaders. The result is predictable. This provides a wealth of information about the culprits and how they accomplish their mission. It is explicit in its description of the plant weaknesses that dooms the trees. It does all of this in the context of the environment within which these plants grow. This may not be everybody’s read but it will certainly appeal to environmentalists in general and, more specifically, to those with an interest in North America’s forest.
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