In view of the scale and recent increase in wood and bark beetle damage, it seems useful and necessary to take stock of the state of scientific knowledge concerning the epidemiology of species and above all, the means of monitoring and managing their populations. Many approaches and methodologies can be applied to the study and control of these insects, which justifies the gathering of knowledge and skills of many IUFRO working groups and task forces. This joint conference aims to provide knowledge and tools for action for forest scientists and practitioners searching for solutions to mitigate the risk of bark beetle attacks.
The conference will be held in Bordeaux, France, where recent heat waves have caused massive outbreaks of the typographer bark beetle, where fires on an unprecedented scale have created the conditions for the emergence of large populations of the stenographer bark beetle, and where reforestation plantations are regularly subjected to repeated attacks by the pine weevil. But these examples are not limited to France, and we invite all colleagues around the world to share their findings to better manage the risk of renewed attacks by native or exotic bark beetle species.