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Home Publications Tree Planters' Notes Tree Planters' Notes Volume 58, Number 1 (2015) Safeguarding Against Future Invasive Forest Insects

Safeguarding Against Future Invasive Forest Insects

Many nonnative insect species have been introduced into North American forests, sometimes with a detrimental effect on wild and cultivated plants. Prevention of new invasive species depends on improved awareness of the pest and pathway risks, and finding methods to realistically mitigate those risks. Early detection and rapid response strategies aim to prevent new pest introductions. Within the timeline of each new pest introduction is a tenuous period where a population may or may not become established. After a new pest has become established in the landscape, the ability to detect that population before it spreads beyond controllable levels is critical. This article reviews the phases of a pest invasion, the safeguards needed to prevent or contain invasions, and some of the exotic insect pests, which may affect nursery production, forest outplantings, or mature woodlands in the future.

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Author(s): Mark Hitchcox

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 58, Number 1 (2015)

Volume: 58

Number: 1