Lab Canada

Research to probe invasive tree pests

Winnipeg, MB – The department of plant science at the University of Manitoba and Jeffries Nurseries have received a $66,000 grant from the federal and provincial governments for research on the diversification of tree stock.

This project will enable researchers to study borer resistant shade trees, such as Sugar Maple, as possible replacements for tree stock devastated by invasive pests. As the Emerald Ash beetle continues to move into the prairies from the west, researchers are looking to diversify trees stock to include varieties that are resistant to this borer. The initiative will also intended to help nursery growers offset the financial impact caused by invasive tree pests.