Impacts of site effects on losses of oriental spruce during Dendroct onus micans (Kug.) outbreaks in Turkey

  • H Akinci
  • G Ozcan
  • M Eroglu
Keywords: Insect epidemic, site and stand factors, bark beetles, volume of infested trees.


The study showed some site and stand factors affecting host colonization, quantitative and qualitative losses in wood of oriental spruce as a source of raw material during the outbreak of


Dendroctonus micans (Kug.). A total of 22.8 million m3 standing trees were damaged. In 11.43 million m3 standing trees infestations were observed and 6.96 million m3 of trees were cut which occupied 120,000 ha of D. micans infestation areas. In pure spruce stands, 26.5% of the trees were infested. There was no statistically significant difference among the volume of crowns, crown base height and ages in infested and healthy trees. There was a positive correlation between stand density and number of D. micans, and number of attacks inversely correlated with altitude.


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