Emerald ash borer (EAB)

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Overview

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.

Research Connection

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.

Read More

Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota | University of Minnesota Extension

Emerald Ash Borer | Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources