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Researchers change chemical recipe of baits and their placement to catch more of the destructive bugs.
By tweaking the existing bait and changing up the spacing of pine trees used to trap and monitor the spread of the mountain pine beetle, UAlberta researchers caught greater numbers of the pest.
“As part of an operational control program, these methods could potentially weaken the spread of mountain pine beetle,” said lead researcher Jennifer Klutsch.
In 2016, the beetle was discovered attacking not only Alberta’s lodgepole pine, but also new, mixed habitats of lodgepole and jack pine along with pure jack pine forests, said Klutsch, a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. The insect has already devastated lodgepole pine forests in British Columbia and the United States—millions of pine trees have been killed over the past decade in western North America.
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