By Ken Fry, PhD
Canada’s trading partners have changed over time with Asia coming to dominate our imports. Many are likely familiar with the long list of pests that have originated in Europe, our largest offshore trading partner in previous decades. Now, we are faced with a new list of potential threats from these new trading regions.
An analysis of climate data comparing Alberta to the rest of the world indicates a large swath of Central and East Asia has a climate similar to that of Alberta, indicating arthropods from these regions have a high probability of surviving upon arrival in the province. The same can be said for large portions of Canada. Therefore, there is a real risk of alien invasive species becoming established here if introduced via importation of goods.
Read the full article: Protecting The Urban Forest: Aliens, Biological Control, And Pests