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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Invasive Insect Pests of Forests and Urban Trees in Russia: Origin, Pathways, Damage, and Management

Musolin, Dmitry L.; Kirichenko, Natalia I.; Karpun, Natalia N.; Aksenenko, Evgeniy V.; Golub, Viktor B.; Kerchev, Ivan A.; Mandelshtam, Michail Y.; Vasaitis, Rimvys; Volkovitsh, Mark G.; Zhuravleva, Elena N.; Selikhovkin, Andrey V.


Invasive alien insects cause serious ecological and economical losses around the world. Here, we review the bionomics, modern ranges (and their dynamics), distribution pathways, monitoring, and control measures of 14 insect species known to be important invasive and emerging tree pests in forest and urban ecosystems of Russia: Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae), Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), Corythucha arcuata (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Tingidae), Agrilus fleischeri, A. mali, A. planipennis, Lamprodila (Palmar) festiva (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), Ips amitinus, Polygraphus proximus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), Cydalima perspectalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), Acrocercops brongniardella, Cameraria ohridella, Phyllonorycter issikii, and P. populifoliella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). We identified three major scenarios of tree pest invasions in the country and beyond: (1) a naturally conditioned range expansion, which results in the arrival of a pest to a new territory and its further naturalization in a recipient region; (2) a human-mediated, long-distance transfer of a pest to a new territory and its further naturalization; and (3) a widening of the pest's trophic niche and shift to new host plant(s) (commonly human-introduced) within the native pest's range frequently followed by invasion to new regions.


forest entomology; forest health; biological invasions; outbreaks; insect pests; range expansion; urban trees; detection; controlling measures

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2022, volume: 13, number: 4, article number: 521
Publisher: MDPI

Authors' information

Musolin, Dmitry L.
St Petersburg State Forest Tech Univ
Kirichenko, Natalia I.
Russian Academy of Sciences
Kirichenko, Natalia I.
Siberian Federal University
Karpun, Natalia N.
Russian Academy of Sciences
Aksenenko, Evgeniy V.
Voronezh State University
Golub, Viktor B.
Voronezh State University
Kerchev, Ivan A.
Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems of the Siberian Branch of the RAS
Kerchev, Ivan A.
Tomsk State University
Mandelshtam, Michail Y.
St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology
Volkovitsh, Mark G.
Russian Academy of Sciences
Zhuravleva, Elena N.
Russian Academy of Sciences
Selikhovkin, Andrey V.
Saint Petersburg State University

Associated SLU-program

SLU Plant Protection Network

UKÄ Subject classification

Forest Science

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