Close watch for spruce budworm in Newfoundland

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Research hopes to develop clear picture of budworm predation on island

To the spruce budworm, for much of its life, tree needles are tasty, and buds for new growth are particularly delicious.

A rapid uptick in the local spruce population will damage evergreen forests, as the budworm larvae eats, leaving behind patches of rusty and dead trees. It’s a serious concern for the forestry sector, given the loss of timber as a result.

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Source: The Telegram

 

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