De letterzetter | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 29, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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The [literal English translation: Letterplacer. Referring to the European Spruce Bark Beetle] is an unsightful little beetle that inflicts enormous amounts of damage to European pine forests. The bug quickly becomes an infestation that proves to be fatal for drought-weakend trees during soft winters. The Letterzetter – in Latin – leaves complex tunnel-like structures that resemble an alien alphabet. To better understand what this Bark-beetle-epidemic is trying to tell us, these tunnels will make out the base for a new script: .


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