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2009-09-04 10:38:42

Campers and travelers should burn wood where they buy it to reduce the risk of transporting damaging pests to new areas, scientists in Ohio recommend. Ohio State University's Burn It Where You Buy It program is aimed at reducing the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other invasive pests that hitch a ride in firewood, the university said in a release. The ash borer, a beetle from Asia, spread to North America in wood packaging materials in the 1990s and since has killed at least 70 million...

2009-05-05 15:51:27

U.S. Forest Service scientists say they've completed a study of a beetle that has attacked 67 percent of the oak trees in an area 30 miles east of San Diego. The study focused on Agrilus coxalis, a wood-boring beetle that the scientists said is so rare it hasn't even been given an accepted common name. Scientists have proposed the insect be named the goldspotted oak borer. Land managers and scientists are concerned about the spread of the infestation because oaks are the dominant tree species...

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2009-05-03 12:24:15

U.S. Forest Service scientists have completed a study on a beetle that was first detected in California in 2004, but has now attacked 67 percent of the oak trees in an area 30 miles east of San Diego. Their report appears in the current issue of The Pan-Pacific Entomologist and focuses on Agrilus coxalis, a wood-boring beetle so rare it does not even have an accepted common name. Scientists have proposed the Entomological Society of America common names committee call it the goldspotted oak...


Word of the Day
barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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