N.B. forests have dodged a devastating infestation bullet, insect expert says

For reasons scientists don't yet fully understand, spruce budworm outbreaks occur in 35-year cycles. The insect feeds off thorns of fir and spruce trees, leading to defoliation. (Radio-Canada)

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Swift action and the strategic use of a biological insecticide have spared New Brunswick forests the worst of a feared outbreak, Atlantic forestry experts say.

A spruce budworm infestation that swept the province in the 1970s, causing much deforestation and leaving the forestry industry reeling, was poised for a repeat attack in 2016.


Source: CBC News


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