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Forests & Invasive Pests, Plants, & Diseases


Elsevier -2 days ago

Factors limiting the success of invasive glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) in New Hampshire’s eastern white pine – hardwood forests

Publication date: 15 October 2020Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 474Author(s): Hayley A. Bibaud, Mark J. Ducey, Michael J. Simmons, Hannah C. McCarthy, Riley N. Bibaud, Thomas D. Lee...

Mongabay -3 days ago

In Sri Lanka, the hunt is on for alien fish in native lakes

COLOMBO — Located in the suburbs of Sri Lanka’s biggest city, Colombo, the picturesque Thalangama Lake is plagued by at least two invasive predatory fish species that are contributing to the decline of the native aquatic life. “I have heard villagers living close to the lake claiming that they had seen a fish with a […]...

USFS -1 week ago

Comparison of decay rates between native and non-native wood species in invaded forests of the southeastern U.S.: a rapid assessment

Invasive plants have the potential to affect decomposition both directly, by introducing novel substrates that may differ from native species in key structural or chemical properties, and indirectly through changes to soil properties and microbial communities. The relative importance of these two mechanisms is unclear, especially with regard to wood decomposition. To explore these questions, we us...

USFS -1 week ago

Effects of Chinese privet on bees and their vertical distribution in riparian forests

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense Lour.), is known to negatively affect biodiversity near the ground in invaded forests by forming thick layers of non-native vegetation in the midstory. Whether these effects extend above the shrub layer into the canopy remains unclear. We sought to test this question by using flight-intercept traps (clear plastic panels attached to a white bucket) to sample bees a...

USFS -1 week ago

Remote sensing for early, detailed, and accurate detection of forest disturbance and decline for protection of biodiversity

In many ways, biodiversity is a foundational component of healthy, productive forests and maintenance of the many ecosystem services that they provide (e.g., carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling, water filtration and provisioning, wildlife habitat). Forested landscapes are often characterized by a mosaic of species, age classes, and structural characteristics that results from natural patterns o...

USFS -2 weeks ago

Ecosystem management and ecological restoration in the Anthropocene: integrating global change, soils, and disturbance in boreal and Mediterranean forests [Chapter 12]

Deforestation, rising temperatures, drought, fire and other ecological disturbances are reducing forest cover on much of the earth, and compromising the ability of forests to supply important ecosystem services. Ecosystem management and ecological restoration are focused on preventing and repairing ecosystem degradation, but the rapidity and pervasiveness of these global transformations threaten t...

USFS -2 weeks ago

Chapter 6 - A forest health retrospective: national and regional results from 20 years of Insect and Disease Survey data

The Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) national program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service determines status, changes, and trends in indicators of forest condition across all forested lands (ch. 1). One of the central objectives of the FHM annual national reports is to present forest health indicator information from a national perspective, or from a multi-State regional perspective ...

Elsevier -2 weeks ago

Small scale variability in soil moisture drives infection of vulnerable juniper populations by invasive forest pathogen

Publication date: 1 October 2020Source: Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 473Author(s): Flora Donald, Sarah Green, Kate Searle, Nik J. Cunniffe, Bethan V. Purse...

USFS -2 weeks ago

Examining Loggers' Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Invasive Forest Plants: A Minnesota Case Study

Logging activities and its associated infrastructure are potential pathways for invasive forest plants, yet little is known about logger activities regarding invasive plants during logging operations. Logging business owners in Minnesota, USA were surveyed about invasive forest plants as a case study to learn about their awareness, interactions with landowners and land managers, actions to control...

USFS -2 weeks ago

​​Common misconceptions about forest tree breeding, a valuable tool for addressing forest health issues

Breeding programs are an important tool for managing invasive insects and diseases causing high mortality rates and even threatening extinction of some of our forest tree species. The emerald ash borer (EAB) invasion of North America, as one example, has resulted in five North American ash species being listed as "critically endangered" on the IUCN red list (IUCNredlist.org). Impacts fro...

USFS -3 weeks ago

Establishing Diorhabda carinulata: Impact of release disturbances on pheromone emission and influence of pheromone lures on establishment

Before weed biocontrol insects are transported and released in a new area, they are commonly collected into small paper containers, chilled, and kept under dark conditions. This process can be termed a pre-release protocol. The influence of a prerelease protocol on establishment success of a gregarious biological control agent was assessed using the northern tamarisk beetle, Diorhabda carinulata (...

iForest -3 weeks ago

Research Articles: Verticillium wilt of Ailanthus altissima in Italy caused by V. dahliae: new outbreaks from Tuscany

Pisuttu C, Marchica A, Bernardi R, Calzone A, Cotrozzi L, Nali C, Pellegrini E, Lorenzini GVERTICILLIUM WILT OF AILANTHUS ALTISSIMA IN ITALY CAUSED BY V. DAHLIAE: NEW OUTBREAKS FROM TUSCANYAbstract: Verticillium spp., including V. nonalfalfae and V. dahliae, are known vascular wilt pathogens of the invasive Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven) in the United States and in Europe. Herein we provide ...

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