Emerald ash borer
The emerald ash borer (EAB, Agrilus planipennis) is most striking as an adult with its shimmering, metallic green body. But it’s the worm-like larval form of the insect that really packs a punch. These larvae tunnel their way beneath the bark of ash trees, destroying the tree’s ability to transport water and nutrients. Without intervention, infestation is likely to be fatal.
Minnesota is home to more than 1 billion ash trees, all of which are threatened by the emerald ash borer. It is a pest that affects urban and forested landscapes alike. Current research is aimed at discovering better ways of controlling EAB.
- Fungi in ash trees: Towards protecting trees from emerald ash borer and new diseases, Robert Blanchette, Plant Pathology, CFANS
- Optimizing tree injections against emerald ash borer
Brian Aukema, Entomology, CFANS