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Elimination of forest pest with the help of its natural enemies will be attempted in Altai

Scientists are going to try to use an experimental way to fight gingerbread gipsy moth (Lymantria dispar, aka brown arches) that kills forests in the Altai Mountains — namely with the help of the pest’s natural enemy from the family of Encyrtidae.
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The press service of the Government of the Altai Republic informs that research in this area is conducted in the National Research Institute of Forestry and Mechanisation of Forestry. «The rapid increase of gingerbread gipsy moth population in Altai has accelerated development of ways to combat the insect,» the message says. Experts at the Laboratory of Biological Methods of Forest Protection are actively exploring the possibility of breeding of egg parasite from the family of Encyrtidae, which will, it is expected, exterminate the moth pests.

The first party of laboratory-grown egg-eaters is planned to be released in late August 2018. The natural enemies of the forest pests will be released in the areas of mass reproduction of gypsy moth. Experts note that the level of reproduction of gypsy moth is rather high and it will not be possible to eliminate the entire population all at once in this way.

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