2021 Webinar: Invasion Potential of Mountain Pine Beetle to Forests of the Lake States
Mountain pine beetle, an insect that has killed tens of millions of acres of mature pines in the western U.S. and Canada, has been expanding its range eastward. Though the mountain pine beetle has not yet reached Minnesota, the potential establishment of the species poses a serious threat to pine forests throughout the state. If it were to arrive, mountain pine beetle would need to successfully assimilate into forests whose flora and fauna differ substantially from those in its native range. Brian presents some highlights of recent research that helps understand how the threat of mountain pine beetle may be facilitated or impeded by our native insects and trees.
Date: Tuesday September 14, 2021 from 9am-10am (rescheduled from August 17)
Speaker: Brian Aukema, Professor, UMN Dept. of Entomology