Deadly beetles may have hitched a ride into Britain in Royal Academys Ai

September 25, 2019

Asian longhorn beetles can kill broad-leaved trees like oak by burrowing into their heartwood, and Defra has been battling for several years to prevent the insects from becoming established in Britain.  Professor Nicola Spence said she had been visiting ‘Tree’, which was installed in the Annenberg Courtyard of the academy in London in 2015, when she noticed the tell-tale signs that beetles had bored their way out of the wooden structure. The sculpture was… The Royal Academy accidentally imported deadly Asian longhorned beetles into Britain inside an Ai Weiwei sculpture, the government’s chief plant health officer has disclosed, as she warned of the dangers of bringing wooden items from abroad. 

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