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Development of monitoring tools to detect mountain pine beetle at low densities on the eastern and northern edge of beetle expansion into Saskatchewan and NWT

Better detection will make control strategies more effective.

Due to the importance of pheromones in bark beetle biology, many studies have focused on the development of synthetic pheromones for the monitoring and management of bark beetle populations. However, we currently do not know whether commercially available lures used to monitor mountain pine beetle (MPB) populations are effective for catching MPB at low densities in novel habitats.

The objective is to improve the currently available commercial lures to attract MPB in novel habitats. We must learn if current lures are effective for catching MPB at low densities in novel habitats.

  • January 1 2014

    Project Begins

    Progress update: Phase 1 of the project, led by Dr. Nadir Erbilgin, kicks off.

  • November 12 2014

    Phase 1 Complete

    Progress update: 2 pheromones identified, successfully completing Phase 1.

  • April 1 2015

    Phase 2 Begins

    Progress update: Phase 2: field testing of the pheromones in trap trees begins.

  • September 30 2015

    Monitoring Underway

    Progress update: Trap trees were set up and monitoring is ongoing.

Keith McClain

Program Lead

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