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European Woodwasp: A Potential Threat to North America's Conifer Forests

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The European woodwasp, Sirex noctilio, a wood-boring insect native to Eurasia and northern Africa, has become established in several countries in the Southern Hemisphere where Monterey, loblolly, slash, and other North American pine species are widely used in plantations. These pines can be killed by the fungus and mucus transmitted by female woodwasps during egg laying, and the large tunnels constructed by the larvae damage the structural integrity of the wood. Should the European woodwasp become established in North America, it could cause severe damage to conifer forests.

Keywords: entomology; environmental management; exotic species; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; pathology; pest management; pine plantations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Owner Forest Health Management International, 2248 Shawnee Court, Fort Collins, CO, 80525,

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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