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Latest issue of Southern Forest Health Newsletter: Winter 2018

In this issue: Walnut twig beetle and kiln-dried wood, Avoiding unwanted insects in SPB traps, Native lace bugs and Chinese privet, Ulyshen edits new book on saproxylic insects, Noxious weed DNA barcode project wins honors, New York SPB team honored by USFS Chief, SGSF For. Health Meeting, Hemlock Conservation on the Chattahoochee NF, Brian Strom new FHP Field Representative.

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Termites and Dead Wood in Pine Plantations

A handful of the world’s 3,100 known termite species damage homes. In forests, however, termites are valuable.

“Termites recycle dead wood,” says U.S. Forest Service research entomologist Michael Ulyshen. Termites consume as much as 20 percent of the dead wood in forests, as Ulyshen showed in 2014.

Winter won’t wait...

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter officially starts at the same time every year. In 2017 it was on a Thursday, December 21st, the shortest day of the year. The Winter Solstice. And winter has swept into the Southeastern U.S. with some teeth this year.

SRS Shares Science at BugFest

On September 17, more than 35,000 insect enthusiasts gathered at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC.

U.S. Forest Service employees were among them. As in years past, the Southern Research Station had a table at BugFest. Hundreds of children and adults stopped by to learn about SRS research and to see insects up close.

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