Interested in Forest Entomology

Are there any of you doing studies dealing with disturbed soils and insects? Do you know anyone who might need help in their projects? Thanks.    I would love to hear from all of you doing work in this area such as what you do, what you would like to see changed or what you worry about for the future of insects and forestry.

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  • Hi Patricia,


    Sorry, I don't work on disturbed soils.  But I'll keep an ear out.  Speaking from the exotic pest perspective, the biggest threats we face right now are 1.  solid wood packing materials and 2.  Unregulated transport of firewood within the country.  Our detection tools are limited and funding is sparse.  Unintentional transport of pests by the public (and others), is our biggest threat right now.  More education and public outreach is needed, but rarely funded.

    • I agree. Wood products may be contaminated with reproductive material that can parasitize humans. Moving wood products from one area to another helps to spread invasive species such as the borers.

  • In late January Dr. Dan Herms from thee Ohio State University gave an update on a webinar about ongoing work in the emerald ash borer ground zero area. He talked about how ash trees fall over relatively quickly once they die, leaving behind small pits' where the roots were pulled up. These depressions are interesting little microcosms, collecting water and bring abut a change in the typical flora and fauna. Not sure if this completely fits the definition of 'disturbed soils' but it might be worth a bit of time to look into. He didn't spend an enormous amount of time on that particular subject, as he was giving an overview of many research projects. You can contact Herms for more information.

    The webinar can be seen at, look at the January 28th program.

    Robin Pruisner
    Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship


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