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Box tree moth 101: Identification, Biology and Management in Ontario
June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Native to East Asia, the box tree moth (BTM) has spread across the globe degrading the aesthetic and commercial value of boxwood unless it is managed closely. First identified in 2018 in Etobicoke, the presence of BTM in the Toronto area is a serious concern as boxwood are an important nursery crop and landscape specimen in the province. Current research efforts, funded by OMAFRA, are being undertaken by the University of Guelph and University of Toronto to learn how BTM behaves under Ontario’s unique climate conditions with the intention of developing effective management strategies. Monitoring efforts involve an element of citizen science participation, so tune in to hear how YOU can assist with the box tree moth research!