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Host-Finding Behavior of the Douglas-Fir Beetle

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Research over the past 10 years has shed new light on the host-finding behavior of the Douglas-fir beetle. Whereas it was once thought that the beetles emerged from down timber to attack trees in the near vicinity, it is now known that most standing trees are killed when beetles attracted into freshly downed timber "spill over" into standing trees near by. In most any year beetle attacks can be found in standing trees close to sources of attraction, however, it is only in years following severe windthrow that the beetle populations are great enough to cause significant tree killing. Suggestions are given for reducing damage caused by the Douglas-fir beetle.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Nursery Manager for that company, Tacoma, Wash.

Publication date: May 1, 1969

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
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