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Insect pests of timber-in-service: an Australian review

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Horwood, M., Nahrung, H. F., Fitzgerald, C. J. and Carnegie, A. J. (2023) Insect pests of timber-in-service: an Australian review. Australian Forestry, 85 (4). pp. 199-210. ISSN 0004-9158

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Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00049158.2022.2145723


Timber-in-service consists of tree components prepared for use in building and carpentry and other wooden infrastructure such as bridges, pylons and power poles. About 70% of timber used in Australia goes into building and construction and 15-20% goes into furniture, and 50 000 electricity poles are produced annually. Timber-in-service pests are a threat to such material throughout its service life. In this review, we identify native and non-native insects associated with timber-in-service in Australia and their impacts and current management. Border and post-biosecurity interception data of insects associated with wood and wood products are analysed to assess future risks, and key biosecurity threats (i.e. exotic timber-in-service pests) are identified. We review current biosecurity systems and processes related to the mitigation of potential threats to timber-in-service and provide examples of how detections of exotic timber-in-service pests are managed in Australia. We conclude with recommendations on how to improve biosecurity and management of timber-in-service pests.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Subjects:Science > Entomology
Plant pests and diseases
Forestry > Research. Experimentation
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Last Modified:20 Jul 2023 05:26

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