Many people come into Science North with questions regarding the health of their trees. In this new blog series, my colleague Jaqueline Bertrand and I will be addressing some of the more common tree pests and diseases found in the Sudbury region and throughout Ontario.
Tree pests and diseases native to Ontario are part of a natural cycle of life and death in our forests. There is however, a growing list of pests and diseases that have been introduced into our forests. These pests and diseases have no natural method of control. In some cases, the elimination of a tree species from its entire range is a looming possibility. Several examples come to mind such as Dutch elm disease, chestnut blight, and butternut canker. The most recent newsworthy pest, is the emerald ash borer. Knowing more about tree diseases and pests can help people recognize and monitor the spread of these exotic pests and diseases. Follow our posts here on Cool Science to learn more over the next few weeks.
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