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Population biology of emerald ash borer and its natural enemies in China

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Liu, Houping; Bauer, Leah S.; Zhao, Tonghai; Gao, Ruitong

Year Published

2008

Publication

In: Mastro, Victor; Lance, David; Reardon, Richard; Parra, Gregory, comps. Emerald ash borer research and development meeting; 2007 October 23-24; Pittsburgh, PA. FHTET 2008-07. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 59-60.

Abstract

Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), also known as emerald ash borer (EAB), was first discovered in Michigan and Ontario, Canada, in 2002 following investigations of declining and dying ash trees (Fraxinus spp.). Agrilus planipennis has also spread to Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia by natural dispersal and transport of infested ash materials. As of 2007, over 25 million ash trees have been killed by this pest in Michigan alone. The adverse effects of A. planipennis on forest biodiversity, ash resources, and urban areas in North America are high as ash trees are widely distributed and planted throughout North America. In its native country of China, A. planipennis was considered only a minor and periodic pest of ash trees?presumably due the presence of natural enemies and host resistance. The introduction of North America ash species in recent decades, however, elevated A. planipennis to pest status in some areas and increased its distribution to additional locations in northern China.

Citation

Liu, Houping; Bauer, Leah S.; Zhao, Tonghai; Gao, Ruitong. 2008. Population biology of emerald ash borer and its natural enemies in China. In: Mastro, Victor; Lance, David; Reardon, Richard; Parra, Gregory, comps. Emerald ash borer research and development meeting; 2007 October 23-24; Pittsburgh, PA. FHTET 2008-07. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team: 59-60.

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