DNA metabarcoding supported the development of a new technique to control bark beetles
The simultaneous control of insect pests and compliance of conservation targets in conifer-dominated forests has intensified public debate about adequate post-disturbance management, particularly in protected areas. The effects of debarking to non-target biodiversity remain unclear. Hence, we investigated whether bark-scratching, i.e. the partial removal of bark, resulted in a similar reduction of bark beetles, while possibly retaining parts of non-target biodiversity.