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Robert C. Venette

Research Biologist
Biological and Environmental Influences on Forest Health and Productivity
1561 Lindig Ave.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: 651-649-5028

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Cold Winter Temperatures Set Emerald Ash Borer Back in Minnesota (2014)
Emerald ash borer is the most devastating nonnative insect pest of trees in the United States. Overwintering larvae are unable to survive the winter if temperatures drop too low. During the winter of 2013-14, temperatures were sufficiently cold in portions of the Twin Cities to kill 60 to 70 percent of larvae. Potential mortality of emerald ash borer was described by the media as "the silver lining" of the Polar Vortex.

Risk-Mapping Invasive Species (2010)
Pest risk maps are vital tools to describe where exotic invasive species might arrive, establish, spread, or have unacceptable effects. They are an integral part of the Forest Service's strategic efforts to predict and prevent new invasions, yet, there is little scientific agreement on how such maps should be produced. NRS scientist Robert Venette and scientists from the Southern Research Station, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, North Carolina State University, University of Minnesota, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Forest Service, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia), Lincoln University (New Zealand), and the Food and Environment Research Agency (United Kingdom) published ten recommendations to improve these maps in the May 2010 issue of BioScience.

Last updated on : 07-Jul-2015