Texas A&M scientists begin southern pine beetle genome sequencing

An aerial view of large, uncontrolled, expanding infestation of southern pine beetle. Texas A&M Forest Service

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research is leading research to stop the southern pine beetle in its tracks, or at least be able to predict what is causing outbreaks of the tree-killer outside of its historical range.

The southern pine beetle routinely destroys pine forests in the U.S. and overall has been responsible for more than $1.5 billion in losses. Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Claudio Casola said this species has been moving north because of climate change.

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Source: The Panola Watchman

 

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