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  • An outbreak of the Asian longhorn beetle, an exotic beetle pest which could have severe consequences for British trees, has been found in Kent in the South East of England.

    Several larvae of the beetle were found inside a poplar tree during a routine survey by the Forestry Commission at a site in the Paddock Wood area.

    Scientists from the Commission's Forest Research agency had been monitoring an area around the site where an adult beetle had been found in 2009, and this is the first evidence of tree infestation. It is thought the beetles originated from wood packaging used to import stone from China at an adjacent industrial site.

    The Asian longhorn beetle is not native to the UK, and poses a serious threat to a wide range of broadleaved trees and shrubs such as maple (including sycamore), elm, horse chestnut, willow, poplar, birch and some fruit trees.www.forestry.gov.uk
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