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Fed study: Red maples at risk for invasive beetle

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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - Federal scientists say more research shows an invasive beetle that has destroyed hardwood forests thrives in red maple trees.

The findings by the U.S. Forest Service in Durham, N.H., echo a 2011 study that found the Asian longhorned beetle is four times more likely to mature when it feeds on red maple rather than Norway or sugar maples. The study examined trees in Massachusetts.

Scientists say the research could help target efforts to wipe out the beetle.

The inch-long beetle with long black and white antennae first came in the United States from China and Korea on shipping crates about two decades ago. It has killed hundreds of thousands of trees across the country by boring into the trunks.

Foresters have responded by cutting down and removing infested trees.

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