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    Author(s): Nathan M. Schiff; A. Dan Wilson
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Gottschalk, Kurt W., ed. Proceedings, 17th U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species 2006; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-10. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 87.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report - Proceedings
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    The Sirex noctilio woodwasp, a major pest of North American pines in southern hemisphere countries, recently has entered North America, and become established in the northeast. The spread of Sirex noctilio is expected to be rapid. If unchecked it will likely cause significant economic damage to paper and timber industries especially in the southeastern United States. Over the past 50 years, Australian researchers have developed a successful program to control Sirex noctilio in Pinus radiata plantations utilizing a European nematode, Beddingia (=Deladenus) siricidicola. We plan to adapt their program to control Sirex noctilio in North America, but there are significant differences in ecosystem complexity between North American coniferous forests and southern hemisphere exotic pine monocultures that necessitate further study before this exotic biocontrol agent can be released.

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    Schiff, Nathan M.; Wilson, A. Dan. 2007. Controlling Sirex noctilio in North America: a new paradigm. In: Gottschalk, Kurt W., ed. Proceedings, 17th U.S. Department of Agriculture interagency research forum on gypsy moth and other invasive species 2006; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-10. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 87.

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