Siberian Forest Pests at the Scientists Gunpoint

Forests are a Siberian treasure. Biological threats to forest ecosystems are diverse. One of them is invasions of harmful species such as bark beetles which represent a special case. Siberian forests face significant pest pressure and this, in turn, makes them vulnerable to other hazards: the fungal pathologies development and the threat of the fire.


How to respond to biological threats?

“Our partners from Northern Arizona have some interesting research results in the pheromone and acoustic communication of bark beetles, dangerous forest pests. In the Institute of Environmental and Agricultural Biology (X-BIO) of the University of Tyumen, thanks to the support of the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), Dr Alexander Khaustov and co-authors have created a knowledge base for bark beetles, which could be used to control the number of pests” said Andrei Tolstikov, Vice Rector for Research and International Affairs UTMN.

UTMN-NAU Forest Biosecurity Center was opened on March 21, 2019, the International Day of Forests declared by the UN. As part of the centre's activities, from May 21 to 31, a group of American undergraduate and graduate students headed by Prof. Richard Hofstetter, world famous forest entomologist, conducted joint field research at UTMN.

Undergraduates of the “Plant Biosafety” program take part in field trips. The unique competencies in the field of forest science having by the two leading universities of Russia and the USA research teams gave their first results. In March 2019, the first joint scientific article of the researchers from the UTMN X-BIO Institute and the School of Forestry of Northern Arizona University was published in a leading scientific journal in the field of acarology, “Experimental and Applied Acarology” (Q1).

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications 
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