31 Aug '11, 4pm

Invasive Beetle Threatens New England Maple Forests, Study Says

31 Aug 2011: Invasive Beetle Threatens New England Maple Forests, Study Says Invasive beetles that have infested maple trees in U.S. cities could pose a threat to New England’s iconic hardwood forests , a new study says. While earlier outbreaks of the Asian longhorned beetle have occurred on tree-lined streets in city neighborhoods, including in Chicago, New York and Boston, the study by U.S. researchers says the pests could disperse into natural forest landscapes. While the insect feeds on numerous types of hardwood trees in urban areas, in forests it disproportionately attacks maples, researchers say. In 2008, scientists first detected the beetle in Worcester, Mass., a city surrounded by heavily wooded forest that is part of a corridor stretching from New York to Vermont and Maine. Since then, foresters have established a 98-square-mile containment area to prevent the sp...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/invasive_beetle_threatens_new...

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