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After a bark beetle infestation, the forest is home to many endangered species

February 23, 2024 at 4:29 pm

After a bark beetle invasion, forests can become home to many endangered animal and plant species. This is the result of a study conducted in the Czech Republic, where researchers found several Red List species in 45 locations.

Many endangered species of animals and plants have settled in the Czech forests, where bark beetles were raging until a few years ago. This emerges from a study conducted by the Academy of Sciences, the University of South Bohemia in Budweis (Ceske Budejovice), the Wallachia Museum and the Nature and Landscape Conservation Agency. Bark beetle plague spread in the Czech Republic between 2018 and 2020.

After the plague, scientists observed developments in 45 affected locations across the country. They found that on average, more than 80 species of higher plants grew, 17 of which are on the Red List of Threatened Species. They also found a third of the native butterflies. They found large numbers of the most sensitive grassland species. These included an unexpected number of large and charismatic species such as the brown bear and grass cuckoo. Of the 199 deadwood-associated beetles discovered, almost a quarter were Red Listed, including attractive species such as the cochineal dust beetle and the red-bordered flat beetle.

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