Goal & Objectives
The project aims to examine adelgid species regarding their biology, diversity, distribution, effect on host plants, and ecological and economic impact due to its potential of creating a large-scale disturbance in the forest landscape of Bhutan. The objectives of the project are to:
- Identify adelgid species found in Bhutan;
- Carry out adelgid survey encompassing spatial extent and diversity;
- Develop management strategies for controlling the spread of adelgids in the conifer forests of Bhutan;
- Train forestry professionals and local communities in the identification, survey, and control of the insect; and
- Monitor the spread of the insect.
The project has five expected outputs:
- Species of adelgids in Bhutan will be confirmed through DNA analysis;
- Adelgid diversity and distribution survey will be carried out in conifer forest;
- Forest Pest and disease outbreak reporting and monitoring will be incorporated into the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tools;
- Scientific paper on adelgid diversity and distribution in Bhutan will be published; and
- Forestry professionals and community forestry members will be trained on surveying, monitoring, and management of the pest.