Canadian Forest Service Publications

The insect production and quarantine laboratories. 2013. Ebling, P. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Frontline Express 69. 2p.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 34935

Language: English

Series: Frontline Express (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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This two-page note describes insect production at the recently enhanced facility at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Live insects are reared and provided to researchers across the Canadian Forest Service and other institutes around the world. These specimens are needed by forest entomologists to develop environmentally friendly pest control strategies. In 2011 the facility was expanded and upgraded. New features include quarantine facilities that allow scientists to work with invasive pests without danger of them escaping. The most common insect reared is the spruce budworm. Defoliation by forest insects causes significant economic loss to the Canadian forest industry; for example, 12.7 million ha were defoliated in 2010. The services provided by the insect production facility support the government’s mandate to protect Canada’s natural resources from forest pests.