Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R04-055

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Chemical Ecology and Management of Forest Insects

Author(s): Borden, John H. (Simon Fraser University)
Subject: Chemistry/biochemistry, Entomology, Forestry
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Support is requested for research also supported by 17 forest resource companies and 2 forest health service companies. Using sophisticated technology in a world-recognized laboratory, the research first aims at discovering how forest insects use natural chemical managers. It is then directed at developing new semiochemical-based products and services for managing forest insect pests in B.C. Among 11 potential scientific and technological deliverables are: a cost-effective method for protecting lodgepole pine from attack by mountain pine beetle (MPB) using high doses of verbenone in combination with nonhost volatiles; improved methods of using pheromones to induce competitive displacement of mountain pine beetles by 2 secondary species; a new method of protecting logs from attack by ambrosia beetles using the bark beetle antiaggregation pheromone MCH; and an integrated trapping system for woodborers and bark beetles.

For further information, please contact John H. Borden, Simon Fraser University (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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