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Title: Red turpentine beetle: Innocuous native becomes invasive tree killer in China

Author: Sun, Jianghua.; Lu, Min; Gillette, Nancy E.; Wingfield, Michael J.;

Date: 2012

Source: Annu. Rev. Entomol. 58:293–311. Published on-line Sept 10, 2012 as Review in Advance (RIA)

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The red turpentine beetle (RTB), Dendroctonus valens LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), is a secondary pest of pines in its native range in North and Central America. Outbreaks and tree mortality attributed to RTB alone are rare in its native range. RTB was introduced into China in the early 1980s and spread rapidly from Shanxi Province to four adjacent provinces; it has infested over 500,000 ha of pine forest and has caused extensive tree mortality since 1999. We provide a historical background on RTB outbreaks, explanations for its invasive success, management options, and economic impacts of RTB in China. Genetic variation in RTB fungal associates, interactions between RTB and its associated fungi, behavioral differences in Chinese RTB, and other factors favoring RTB outbreaks are considered in an effort to explain the invasiveness of RTB in China. The promise of semiochemicals as a management tool is also discussed.

Keywords: Dendroctonus valens, invasive species, invasiveness, IPM, Leptographium

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Sun, Jianghua.; Lu, Min; Gillette, Nancy E.; Wingfield, Michael J. 2012. Red turpentine beetle: Innocuous native becomes invasive tree killer in China. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 58:293-311.


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