PHC Pest Review

Threat: Larger Eight toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus)

Eight toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus). Credit M. Blake Forest Research
Authors: Chris Quine

Key Priorities and Recommendations

  • Build awareness in the sector (including forest managers, felling contractors and hauliers) to look out for and report suspect trees.
  • Refine detection and surveillance methodologies.
  • Keep contingency plan updated on basis of latest information and experience gained in eradicating Kent population.
  • Maintain links with European researchers to parameterise models that inform contingency planning and outbreak management.
  • Research the likely behaviour in Scottish conditions.