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Numerical Behavior of a Gypsy Moth Population System

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The numerical behavior of a gypsy moth population system observed in eastern New England between 1911 and 1931 is described. Rates of change in egg mass density from years (n) to (n + 1) were related to rates of change in density from years (n - 1) to (n) and to an index of the density level of the overall population system, termed "zone density." When zone density was high, individual populations tended to increase to and maintain high density levels. When zone density was low, individual populations tended to achieve and maintain low densities. Numerically unstable populations between years (n - 1) to (n) tended to remain numerically unstable from years (n) to (n + 1). Forest Sci. 19:162-167.

Keywords: Egg masses; pest control

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Entomologist, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Upper Darby, Pa.

Publication date: September 1, 1973

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

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