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Chinese customs intercepts tree-damaging insects from France

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Press Trust of India Beijing
Chinese customs officials have intercepted a batch of insects from logs imported from France which could severely damage local trees.

The Agriotes paludum insects were caught in oak logs imported from France in Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, the Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said yesterday.

It is the first time that the species was intercepted in China, state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

The Agriotes paludum usually reside in dead tree branches or under tree bark. They can accelerate the ageing of trees, undermining agricultural and forest safety.

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First Published: Jan 30 2018 | 1:10 PM IST

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