2011-04-25

Pine beetle could chomp eastward

A new study finds mountain pine beetles have moved from Lodgepole pine to Jack pine trees, giving them a new opportunity to spread across Canada.

Alberta researchers recently confirmed that the baneful mountain pine beetle has infested a different type of tree that would allow the pest to spread into Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.

University of Alberta scientists have discovered that the tiny beetles can jump from the Lodgepole pines of western Canada to boreal forest Jack pines.