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2008-07-30 18:00:32

An invading Asian beetle, the emerald ash borer, has been found in trees in southern Missouri for the first time, scientists say. The beetles were trapped in a camp ground at Wappapello Lake near Poplar Bluff, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. They were recently identified as emerald ash borers. The borers were first discovered near Detroit in 2002. Since then, they have devastated ash trees in Michigan and have spread through at least six states, West Virginia, Maryland,...

2008-07-09 12:00:24

To: ENVIRONMENTAL EDITORS Contact: Nicole L. Cullison, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, +1- 717-787-5085 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ashley Walter, a Purdue University graduate and national standout in invasive species management, has been named Pennsylvania's new invasive species coordinator, said Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff today. Walter will work closely with the Pennsylvania Invasive Species Council and local, state and federal agencies to...

2008-07-05 00:00:11

The emerald ash borer, a colorful beetle from Asia that has killed tens of millions of ash trees in seven U.S. states, was first reported in the U.S. in 2002. This month, forestry officials announced that the ash borer had been found within the city limits of Chicago. U. of I. Extension entomologist Phil Nixon talks about the infestation with News Bureau Life Sciences Editor Diana Yates. Is it possible to stop this bug? Probably not. It is likely to eventually eliminate ash trees in North...

2008-06-24 02:29:44

KNOXVILLE - A little green beetle has killed millions of ash trees in Michigan and the bugs may be spreading south. Officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are worried the Asian emerald ash borer could be brought into the park on visitors' firewood. Park crews already are waging a costly and time-consuming battle against the hemlock woolly adelgid, an insect that destroys hemlock trees. Biologists say it's only a matter of time before the emerald ash borer reaches the...

2007-11-14 03:00:00

By Daly, Pete WALKER - Bernie Kamps is well aware of the battle with the emerald ash borer. Starting in August and continuing through October, the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been releasing thousands of tiny Chinese wasps in Michigan that will feed on the emerald ash borer (EAB). "I have high hopes for that little wasp," said Kamps, founder and owner of Kamps Pallets, a $60 million company doing business in three states with 500 employees. The EAB...

2007-07-16 22:15:45

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A wood-boring insect that kills pine trees and also has turned up in New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario has been detected in Michigan, state and federal officials said Monday. A single specimen of the Sirex Woodwasp was collected from a trap in Macomb County on July 6 and identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The insect is native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. It first was found in North America in Oswego, N.Y., in 2004 and since has been...

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2006-06-14 17:40:19

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- A pest blamed for killing millions of trees across the Midwest has reached Illinois, prompting state officials to prepare a detection and eradication plan they expect to begin within the next few weeks, the state agriculture department said Tuesday. The emerald ash borer, which feeds on the leaves and wood of ash trees, was found recently by a homeowner in a rural subdivision near Lily Lake, about 40 miles west of Chicago in central Kane County, said Warren Goetsch,...

2005-09-07 18:55:03

A new study shows that while we're winning isolated battles, we could well lose the war to prevent the devastating spread of the emerald ash borer in eastern Canada and the United States. It's a failure that would cost billions of dollars in lost timber and ornamental trees, and dramatically change the forest and neighbourhood landscape in eastern North America "“ with even more impact than Dutch elm disease. The soon-to-be published study is the first to document the invasive beetle's...