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2009-09-01 08:07:12

The U.S. state of Maine has developed an early-warning system to spot infestations of the emerald ash borer beetle, scientists say. Because the invasive beetles are nearly impossible to detect in trees before it is too late, the Maine state forest service has launched an effort in which thousands of volunteers with nets are catching wasps who may be carrying captured ash borer larvae back to their young, The Boston Globe reported. Forest Service entomologist Colleen Teerling told the...

2009-07-27 18:01:14

Scientists say there will be no easy victory over the emerald ash borer but the battle to save North America's 8 billion ash trees is under way. The interloping insect, a native of China, is advancing across the United States, having been spotted in St. Paul, Minn., for the first time this summer. The North American ash has just shown no resistance to emerald ash borer, so its chance of surviving is essentially zero, said Jeff Hahn, an entomologist with the University of Minnesota extension...

2009-07-24 09:04:00

Campers, Homeowners Statewide Urged to Stop Transporting Firewood HARRISBURG, Pa., July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerald Ash Borer beetles have been found near Ewings Mill, Indiana County, bringing to 10 the number of counties where the ash tree-destroying pest has been identified, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. In response to this latest discovery, Wolff said a state-imposed quarantine is being expanded to include Indiana County. He reminded residents and visitors...

2009-07-13 14:20:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerald Ash Borer beetles have been found near Brownstown, Kiskiminetas Township, Armstrong County, and Finleyville, Union Township, Washington County, bringing to nine the number of counties where the ash tree-destroying pest has been identified, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. In response to this latest discovery, Wolff said a state-imposed quarantine is being expanded to include Armstrong and Washington counties. He...

2009-06-10 08:49:00

Campers Statewide are Urged to Stop Transporting Firewood HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerald Ash Borer beetles have been found in Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, bringing to seven the number of counties where the ash tree-destroying pest has been identified, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced today. The invasive beetle was first detected in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2007 in Butler County, and subsequently was found in Allegheny, Beaver,...

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2009-05-23 10:36:53

Forestry officials in the Northeast are scrambling to track thousands of residents of Massachusetts searching for tree-eating stowaway bugs they may have inadvertently carried to campgrounds or vacation homes. The insect is the Asian longhorned beetle, which has devastated trees in Worcester and surrounding communities.  Officials fear that some have hitched rides into other states in firewood transported by campers or seasonal homeowners. "As far as New England is concerned, you should...

2009-05-19 09:48:00

NEW YORK, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- May 18 - 24 has been designated Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Beetle Awareness Week and the public is being asked to "Promise not to move firewood." Federal and State agencies are waging war against the EAB, a small but destructive beetle that has killed tens of millions of ash trees since being detected in 2002. Typically EAB does not travel far on its own; however, it has been spread across ten states when people moved EAB-infested firewood. See video from the...

2009-05-15 12:06:00

Proclaims 'Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week' in Pennsylvania HARRISBURG, Pa., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed May 17-23 as "Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania to help draw attention to the devastating, non-native invasive beetle that has been killing trees in six Pennsylvania counties during the past two years. The Governor urged the public to help contain the beetle's spread to protect trees and also the jobs associated with...

2009-05-15 11:21:14

The tree-killing emerald ash borer has been found in Minnesota, which has the nation's second-highest number of ash trees after Maine, scientists said. The long-expected pest was found this week in a tree in St. Paul's Hampden Park community, The Star Tribune of Minnesota reported Friday. It's obviously bad news, said Mike Schommer, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Minnesota has 900 million ash trees. Many of the ash trees were planted to replace trees killed by Dutch...

2009-02-25 13:35:00

Quarantine Imposed; Campers Urged to Stop Transporting Firewood HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Emerald Ash Borer beetles, an invasive species that destroy ash trees, were identified in Granville, Mifflin County, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff announced today. The beetle was first detected in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2007 in Butler County and was found again the following summer in Mercer County. To help slow the spread of the beetle, a state-imposed quarantine...


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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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