Researchers at the St. Petersburg Academy of Forestry Engineering warn of a possible invasion of bark beetles on the Russian coniferous forests. The large fir bark beetle is a bar beetle who does damage to the coniferous forests of North and Central America.
It?s difficult to spot an individual population of bark beetles in the trees, the species is equally hard to notice during the inspection of imported goods by the quarantine authorities. The beetles can be easily brought into Russia with foreign goods. They?re reportedly causing damage to forests in Georgia. It takes them from two to three years to fully develop; they are thought to survive well in the felled trees. The beetles can survive harsh climatic conditions including subzero temperatures in Yakutia and sweltering heat in the south areas of Russia. The pest is often reported to be populating the flooded areas of the land with firs and pines, it can also affect the man-made plantations of trees.
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