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Robert C. Venette

Research Biologist
Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity
1561 Lindig Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States
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Mountain pine beetle: A real threat to pines of eastern North America

Year: 2017
The mountain pine beetle, an insect native to western states, has devastated pines in western North America and is spreading east through the Canadian boreal forest. For land managers, a key question was whether or not the insect could find suitable hosts and survive cold winters in eastern North Am...

"Stressing Out" about New Invasive Insects

Year: 2016
Some highly damaging invasive insects depend on forests to survive the winter. Forest Service scientists studied the effects of cold stress on two recent invaders, brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing drosophila, to better forecast where these species might, and might not, overwinter.

Cold Winter Temperatures Set Emerald Ash Borer Back in Minnesota

Year: 2014
Emerald ash borer is the most devastating nonnative insect pest of trees in the United States. Overwintering larvae are unable to survive the winter if temperatures drop too low. During the winter of 2013-14, temperatures were sufficiently cold in portions of the Twin Cities to kill 60 to 70 percen...

Risk-Mapping Invasive Species

Year: 2010
Pest risk maps are vital tools to describe where exotic invasive species might arrive, establish, spread, or have unacceptable effects. They are an integral part of the Forest Service's strategic efforts to predict and prevent new invasions, yet, there is little scientific agreement on how such maps...