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General Technical Report

Title: Lindane in forestry: a continuing controversy

Author: Koerber, Thomas W., compiler

Date: 1976

Source: USDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-014, 30 p.

Station ID: GTR-PSW-014

Description: Use of the chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide lindane to control bark beetles is controversial. Differences of opinion persist, even among knowledgeable entomologists, on whether use is justified in view of potentially harmful side effects. Effectiveness of lindane treatments, as employed in preventing tree mortality from bark beetles, is also in question. In seven papers, relevant information from many sources is reviewed by investigators who hold divergent views. The papers present data on the biological characteristics of lindane, its persistence in the environment and effects on both target and nontarget organisms. The place of lindane in a spectrum of forest management alternatives is presented together with arguments both for and against its continued use.

Key Words: Bark beetle control, lindane, cyclohexane,1,2,3,4,5,6-hexachloro-(benzene hexachloride)gamma isomer

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Koerber, Thomas W., compiler  1976.  Lindane in forestry: a continuing controversy  General Technical Report PSW-014. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 30 p.