The Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack from the southern pine beetle, as warmer temperatures (particularly in winter) have allowed the insect to spread northward. Aaron Weed, postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth, is the lead author of a paper on the effects of climate change on North American forests and has looked at the southern pine beetle's presence in New Jersey. He explains the beetle's spread and what it tells us about dangers to forests in the region. 



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Comments [3]

Joel Wiley from Maine

Sounds flimsy

Dec. 03 2013 12:33 PM
Candace from Washington Heights

What about harvesting beetle pheromones and using them against themselves such as verbenone? Release this on the trees and it works as a "no-vacancy" sign for the beetles. This was done already by David Wood from Berkeley and Robert Silverstein at the Stanford Research Institute. See:

Dec. 03 2013 12:07 PM
maggie from nj

pls ask where they first originated. Asia? US?

Dec. 03 2013 11:55 AM

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