New pine beetle treatment tested

By Stephen Clearheart Johnson
North Forty News

– February 3rd, 2010-

Residents of Crystal Lakes, (Colo.), northwest of Red Feather Lakes, are reforesting burned areas with seedlings treated with a new product that promises to strengthen each tree’s ability to resist the mountain pine beetle.

Resident Kathy Dillon-Durica recently planted 90 seedlings and treated them with a product trademarked ODC, produced by AgriHouse Inc. of Berthoud.

The product uses a natural substance called chitosan, made from Icelandic shellfish. Diluted with water, the product is applied like a fertilizer around the base of trees. In turn, the chitosan stimulates the tree to produce more resin. Read the rest at North Forty News.

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