Scientist 'shocked' by results of strategy to halt spruce budworm infestation

The spruce budworm feeds off thorns of fir and spruce trees, leading to defoliation. (Radio-Canada)

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A fresh approach to controlling the infestation of spruce budworm in New Brunswick forests has surpassed expectations and minimized the effect of the devastating insect, according to the project's lead scientist.

An early intervention strategy focused on proactive detection and targeted spraying was adopted in 2014, as officials feared a growing infestation in Quebec would cross the border.

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Source: CBC News

 

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