Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Bait Research Focused On Outsmarting Destructive Beetle

Nov. 15, 2013 — University of Alberta researchers are closing in on developing an effective bait to get ahead of the destructive spread of mountain pine beetle, which is now killing not only lodgepole pine forests, but also jack pine in Alberta.

Nadir Erbilgin, associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology in the U of A's Department of Renewable Resources, has been investigating pheromones -- airborne chemical compounds that trigger a social response among individuals of the same species -- emitted by the pest in North America's lodgepole and jack pine forests.

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