2012-11-14

Pine beetle's 'anti-freezes' subject of long study

Dr. Dezene Huber has spent many a cold day in the forests of northern B.C. trying to learn more about a superbug decimating the woodlands of Western Canada.

University of Northern B.C. researcher Huber has spent the past five years trying to determine why the insect keeps thriving in the extreme cold of northern winters.

Researchers know the beetle has shown great resilience, and Huber's work is the first large-scale look at what's going on in pine beetle larvae as they physiologically prepare for winter and then become adult beetles in the spring.