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Emerald Ash Borer, 50x of Abdomen

Included are very high resolution images of the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. Specimens provided by Dr. David Wagner of the University of Connecticut.


Since its accidental introduction from Asia, emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), has killed millions of ash trees in North America. As it continues to spread, it could functionally ex- tirpate ash with devastating economic and ecological impacts. Little was known about EAB when it was first discovered in North America in 2002, but substantial advances in understanding of EAB biology, ecology, and man- agement have occurred since. Ash species indigenous to China are generally resistant to EAB and may eventually provide resistance genes for introgres- sion into North American species. EAB is characterized by stratified disper- sal resulting from natural and human-assisted spread, and substantial effort has been devoted to the development of survey methods. Early eradication efforts were abandoned largely because of the difficulty of detecting and de- lineating infestations. Current management is focused on biological control, insecticide protection of high-value trees, and integrated efforts to slow ash mortality.


Abstract by Daniel A. Herms (The Ohio State University) and Deborah G. McCullough (Michigan State University)


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Mark Smith M.S. Geoscientist


Annette Evans Ph.D. Student at the University of Connecticut

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Uploaded on February 9, 2015