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Critical transitions in ecotone forests driven by pest outbreaks

Pest insect outbreaks in the subarctic birch forest of northern Norway have been described as among the most abrupt and large-scale ecosystem disturbances attributed to recent climate change in Northern Europe. But outbreaks and forest damage inflicted by moth larvae are not a new phenomenon in the north. They have occurred at regular intervals as far back as historical records go. So, what is new and why may moth outbreaks be a cause of concern for the future of the northern birch forest?