Step by Step: Identify EAB damage

December 9, 2014By
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Infestations of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) once were confined to the Upper Midwest U.S. Now they’re in Canada, as far east as New Hampshire and as far west as Colorado—and spreading further. Not to mention, one researcher has found evidence the invasive green beetle now is attacking the white fringetree, an ash relative. Here are some tips for you... read more

Researchers lure EAB to electrocution with female decoys

November 20, 2014By

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) might have met its maker. A team of international researchers created female EAB beetle decoys that electrocute male EAB beetles when they attempt to mate. “We coated a dead female beetle with a vapor of nickel, and used the ‘nickelized’ shell to fabricate two matching molds in the shape of a resting beetle,” said Akhlesh Lakhtakia,... read more

EAB apparently spreads to white fringetree

October 15, 2014By

Entomology Today reported the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) allegedly has spread to the white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus), according to a research from Don Cipollini, Ph.D., of Wright State University. Cipollini, who has studied EAB for 10 years, caught sight of EABs attacking a white fringetree in August. “I walked up to the tree, saw the hole right in front of... read more

Ohio State student heads up crowdfunded EAB research project

September 18, 2014By

The Ohio State University (OSU) launched a crowdfunded research project to identify the genes that allow certain ash trees to build a resistance to emerald ash borer (EAB), Entomology Today reports. Conducted by David Showalter, a Ph.D. candidate in plant pathology at OSU, the project aims to reach $8,500 in funding, with the ultimate goal being to breed North American and European... read more

In the long run

July 10, 2013By

In late spring I traveled to Naperville, Ill., to see how that city has put in place an aggressive program to save its 16,000 municipal ash trees from Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). (See this story for more details on that trip.) In addition to hearing about (and seeing with my own two eyes) healthy, thriving treated ash trees literally across... read more

EAB: A case for treatment

May 21, 2013By

It’s Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness week, and I’m on my way home from Naperville, Ill., where I visited with members of a public-private coalition who are working to save the ash trees there from this invasive, devastating pest. EAB, which was first detected in Michigan in 2002, has killed tens of millions of ash trees in Michigan alone and... read more