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Northern Research Station
11 Campus Blvd., Suite 200
Newtown Square, PA 19073
(610) 557-4017
(610) 557-4132 TTY/TDD

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Biology & Biological Control of Invasive Insects


The Northern Research Station has realigned our staff from 37 Research Work Units and Programs into 14 new Research Work Units.

RWU-4503 is now part of NRS-3, Ecology and Management of Invasive Species and Forest Ecosystems.

Our Mission

[image:] Lady beetle predator (Scymnus sinuanodulus) feeding on hemlock woolly adelgid.To identify, develop, and evaluate environmentally safe options for management of established invasive forest insects; develop biological and ecological information and technologies to detect, monitor, contain, and eliminate newly introduced destructive invasive forest insects; and to maintain the capability for research and rapid response to threats posed by high priority invasive species.


Forest insects play vital roles in the health, productivity, and diversity of forest ecosystems. Although native forest insects can have both beneficial and negative effects on the health of forest ecosystems, accidental introduction of exotic species can result in significant negative impacts, primarily because the natural controls associated with these species are left behind in their native lands. Research by the Biology and Biological Control of Invasive Forest Insects unit is focused on providing new information on the biology and ecology of destructive invasive forest insects and developing biologically based technologies for their management and control.

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This site is under development as the Forest Service brings together the Northeastern and North Central Research Stations to form the Northern Research Station, serving the Northeast and Midwest. Check back often as we expand our site to reflect our combined commitment to supporting the natural resources and people of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

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Last Modified: 12/21/2007