Publication Details

Strategies for selecting and breeding EAB-resistant ash

Year Published

2011

Publication

In: McManus, Katherine A.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 22nd U.S. Department of Agriculture Interagency Research Symposium on Invasive Species; 2011 Jan. 11-14; Annapolis, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-92. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 33-35.

Abstract

Breeding for pest resistance in forest trees is a proven approach for managing both native and nonnative insects and diseases. A recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports 255 forest tree breeding programs for insect or disease resistance in 33 diff erent countries (http://www.fao.org/forestry/26445/en/). Advantages to incorporating breeding as a management approach to nonnative insects such as the emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire include: (1) wide public acceptance; (2) a proven successful approach (many examples of success); (3) not dependent on prior knowledge of mechanisms of resistance; and (4) not dependent on the number of genes involved (qualitative or quantitative traits are equally successful), or the mode of inheritance of resistance (can select for dominant or recessive traits). We are employing two different strategies to breeding for resistance: hybrid and traditional breeding.

Citation

Koch, Jennifer L.; Knight, Kathleen; Poland, Therese; Carey, David W.; Herms, Daniel A.; Mason, Mary E. 2011. Strategies for selecting and breeding EAB-resistant ash. In: McManus, Katherine A.; Gottschalk, Kurt W., eds. Proceedings, 22nd U.S. Department of Agriculture Interagency Research Symposium on Invasive Species; 2011 Jan. 11-14; Annapolis, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-92. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 33-35.

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