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Evaluation of log submergence to control EAB and preserve black ash for native American basketry

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2011

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In: Parra, Gregory; Lance, David; Mastro, Victor; Reardon, Richard; Benedict, Chuck, comps. 2011 emerald ash borer national research and technology development meeting; 2011 October 12-13; Wooster, OH. FHTET-2011-06. Morgantown, WV; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 150-151.

Abstract

Many Native American cultures use black ash, Fraxinus nigra, for basket-making because its ring-porous wood allows the annual layers of xylem to be easily separated. The emerald ash borer (EAB, Agrilus planipennis) is threatening North America's ash resource including black ash, and a centuries-old native art form. Native tribes are gravely concerned about the availability of large black ash trees for basket making and about movement of black ash from areas where it is cut to tribal lands where it is pounded and split to make baskets. We evaluated the practice of storing black ash logs submerged in water to maintain their moisture as a possible method for simultaneously killing EAB. In 2010, we submerged EAB infested black ash logs in running water in the spring and evaluated EAB mortality as well as the color and quality of wood splints from the submerged ash logs at different time periods after submergence. In 2011, we evaluated the efficacy of submergence for different time periods in winter and in spring.

Citation

Poland, Therese M.; Crook, Damon J.; Ciaramitaro, Tina M. 2011. Evaluation of log submergence to control EAB and preserve black ash for native American basketry. In: Parra, Gregory; Lance, David; Mastro, Victor; Reardon, Richard; Benedict, Chuck, comps. 2011 emerald ash borer national research and technology development meeting; 2011 October 12-13; Wooster, OH. FHTET-2011-06. Morgantown, WV; U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 150-151.

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