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Latest issue of Southern Forest Health Newsletter: Fall 2017

In this issue: Insect-killing fungi, Sudden oak death pathogen survey, Multi-state SPB outbreak, High school students take “Time 4 Real Science”, Experimental Forests tour, Sharing insect science with children at “BugFest”, State Line Meeting in MS, White Pine Workshop, Technology Transfer.

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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.

Searching for Sirex spp.

We are at it again, setting up wood wasp traps as part of a localized survey to detect native siricids and parasitoids. A wood wasp native to Europe, Sirex noctilio, has been introduced to parts of the U.S. For now, the non-native species has only been detected in portions of NY, PA, MI, and VT. Our southern pine species would be prime habitat for these critters though, so we are making attempts to detect the insect.

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