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Integrated Pest Management in China's Forests

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Abstract:

Over a 28-day period a forest pest-management team of six U.S. scientists visited 21 locations in Beijing and five provinces. The trip was made under the Science and Technology Agreement between the United States and the People's Republic of China.

The team observed that many of today's pest problems are related to the afforestation program that began in 1949. About 100 species of insects and disease organisms are regarded as important. Early attempts at control included hand picking and extensive use of pesticides. Trichogramma and Beauveria are two major elements in a biological control program that was begun in the late 1960s and has been carried on with increasing success. Also observed was the application of silviculture to prevent outbreaks of the pine moth (Dendrolimus spp.) and to undergird integrated pest management (IPM).

Protection specialists educated in the five major forestry colleges are provided with a strong foundation in basic forestry. IPM appears to be paying enormous dividends in terms of reduced pesticide loads and increasing natural control of many insects and diseases. Many problems nevertheless remain, and will provide the basis for future cooperative efforts between the United States and the People's Republic.

Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: November 1, 1981

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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.
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