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Publication: Forest Products Journal
Authors: Morrell Jeffrey J
Reference ID: 45(9):41-50
Publish Year: 1995
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Title: Importation of unprocessed logs into North America: a review of pest mitigation procedures and their efficacy
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The effects of reduced harvests in North America can be minimized by importing timber, but pests on imported logs may present a significant threat to native forests. The development of effective mitigation procedures for imported logs will play a critical role in forest protection. This report reviews the efficacy of various mitigation procedures (e.g., heat, fumigation, and irradiation) in relation to controlling pests established deep in the wood. Except for heating, existing data on the mitigation procedures are inadequate to support their use to eliminate pests established beyond the surface of imported logs. Research needs for mitigating the risks of log imports are provided.

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