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Discovery by U of A researchers may lead to better bait traps that attract more of the forest pests.
University of Alberta research has discovered new chemicals carried by fungi in the mountain pine beetle that could be used to build better traps in the battle against the ravaging forest pest.
The Grosmannia fungi associated with the insect emit several chemical odours that have proven attractive to other types of bark beetles, according to a new study led by post-doctoral fellow Jonathan Cale.
The hope is that those chemicals can also be used against the mountain pine beetle, which has attacked millions of hectares of Western Canada’s pine forest.RELATED: New trap for mountain pine beetles could help weaken their spread RELATED: Hybrid mountain pine beetles set to spread more easily
The discovery “opens up a whole range of possible attractants that could be used to improve baits being used to manage the beetle,” Ca...