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Factors influencing the short-distance spread of oak lace bug [Corythucha arcuata Say, 1832)] in hungarian oak forests

Béla Csaba Eötvös, Máté Tóth, Anikó Hirka, Ágnes Fürjes-Mikó, Csaba Gáspár, Márton Paulin, Ferenc Lakatos & György Csóka


Correspondence: Eötvös Csaba Béla

Postal address: 9700 Szombathely, Szent Imre herceg utca 84/B

e-mail: eotvos.csaba[at]uni-sopron.hu


The extremely high abundance of the oak lace bug in our oak forests can have significant impacts on the health, productivity, fecundity of oaks and the communities associated with oaks as well. Its long-distance spread is mainly facilitated by road and rail traffic, whereas it can spread shorter distances both actively and passively. Factors influencing its spread may include distance from the source of infestation, the degree of tree mixture or the prevailing wind direction. Specialist herbivores (particularly those searching food plant actively) tend to find their food plants more difficult in mixed forests, so their dispersal is slower and/or limited. Our results show that initially higher infestations occur along roadsides, from where the infestation penetrates into the forest. The mixed forests are not able to slow down significantly the invasion of C. arcuata, and the species is able to spread even in the opposite direction to the prevailing wind direction.

Keywords: invasive, herbivore, folivore, forest health, wind, mixed forest

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    Eötvös, Cs. B., Tóth, M., Hirka, A., Fürjes-Mikó, Á., Gáspár, Cs., Paulin, M., Lakatos, F. & Csóka, Gy. (2023): Factors influencing the short-distance spread of oak lace bug [Corythucha arcuata Say, 1832)] in hungarian oak forests. Bulletin of Forestry Science, 13(2): 131-144. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2023.08

    Volume 13, Issue 2
    Pages: 131-144

    DOI: 10.17164/EK.2023.08

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    12 December 2023

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