Forecasting threats to Minnesota terrestrial ecosystems by invasive insects
Amy Morey, Entomology
This project uses machine-learning techniques to develop maps that describe where the climate in Minnesota might be most welcoming for nine priority invasive insect species:
Soybean aphid (Aphis glycines)
Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis)
European grape berry moth (Eupoecilia ambiguella)
Old world bollworm (Helicoverpa armigera)
Spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila sukukii)
Egyptian cottonworm (Spodoptera littoralis)
Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio)
Gypsy moth, European (Lymantria dispar dispar)
Gypsy moth, Asian (Lymantria dispar asiatica)
- What is the current distribution of the above 9 invasive species in past, present and future conditions?
These maps will serve as a foundation for future efforts to quantify potential economic and ecological impacts of invasive species in our region, and help experts direct management priorities on the ground.
Amy Morey, principal investigator