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  • Eradicating the Asian Longhorned Beetle

    If you introduce a foreign species to a new environment, even by accident, it can wreak havoc on the ecosystem. On this episode, we talk to a scientist who has been dealing with one of these foreign species, the Asian longhorned beetle. This insect is black and white, about the same length as your thumb, and likes to get around by hitching rides on your car!

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Citizen scientist spots a newcomer on Canadian elm trees

Citizen scientist spots a newcomer on Canadian elm trees

Many community science websites invite people to post photos of wildlife sightings. This may seem like a small gesture, but in the summer of 2020, such observations led to the detection — for the first time in North America — of a new exotic insect attacking elm trees: the elm zigzag sawfly.
If you introduce a foreign species to a new environment, even by accident, it can wreak havoc on the ecosystem. On this episode, we talk to a scientist who has been dealing with one of these foreign species, the Asian longhorned beetle. This insect is black and white, about the same length as your thumb, and likes to get around by hitching rides on your car!
Dendrologist Ken Farr takes us through a tour of the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa to look at trees that you might find useful for planting in the urban forest in and around the place where you live.
Saving generations of research one seedling at a time

Saving generations of research one seedling at a time

The greenhouse is hot and humid under the summer sun on Vancouver Island as Canadian Forestry Centre (CFS) scientist Mike Cruickshank carefully tends to more than 2,000 Douglas-fir seedlings. His goal: to see that each and every one of them makes it through the summer of COVID-19, and beyond.
Forests provide us with an array of social, economic and environmental benefits, which is why we need to ensure that they stay healthy. Things like natural disasters, pests and resource extractions can pose a problem. On this episode, we talk to a scientist who is working with industry, academia, Indigenous communities and various levels of government to reclaim and restore damaged forest landscapes.
From gamma ray bursts to solar winds to supernovas, space is filled with mysterious phenomena. But does space really have its own weather? This animated video explains the concept of “space weather”, and why scientists monitor the forecast.
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