Research article

The relationship between potential solar radiation and spruce bark beetle catches in pheromone traps

Pavel Mezei , Rastislav Jakuš, Miroslav Blaženec, Slávka Belánová, Ján Šmídt

Pavel Mezei
Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Štúrova 2, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic. Email: mezei@savzv.sk
Rastislav Jakuš
Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Štúrova 2, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic; Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamýcká 1176, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic
Miroslav Blaženec
Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Štúrova 2, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic; Department of Forest Protection and Game Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Kamýcká 1176, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic
Slávka Belánová
National Park Muránska planina, J. Kráľa 12, 050 01 Revúca, Slovak Republic
Ján Šmídt
Revúcka Lehota 106, 049 18 Lubeník, Slovak Republic

Online First: July 31, 2012
Mezei, P., Jakuš, R., Blaženec, M., Belánová, S., Šmídt, J. 2012. The relationship between potential solar radiation and spruce bark beetle catches in pheromone traps. Annals of Forest Research 55(2): 243-252.


We analysed the relationship between the amount of potential solar radiation and spruce bark beetleIps typographus (L.) catches in pheromone traps in an unmanaged nature reserve in the Carpathians (middle Slovakia region), from 2006 through 2009. This relationship was analysed under outbreak conditions. The number of traps varied in different years from 70 to 92. The traps were installed in spruce-forest-dominated stands affected by a windstorm in 2004. A GPS device was used to mark the position of the pheromone traps. The potential solar radiation was calculated with GIS tools for three different time periods in each year: with entire year, for main flight season of the spruce bark beetle and the spring swarming period. The relationship between the amount of potential solar radiation and the spruce bark beetle catches was statistically significant for each year and each time period except for the spring warming in 2007, when the pheromone traps were not set up on time. 

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