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2009-09-16 06:05:53

UBC researchers have helped developed a cheaper, faster way to compile draft genome sequences that could advance the fight against mountain pine beetle (MPB) infestation and improve cancer research. Current sequencing methods have a variety of advantages and disadvantages--including the cost involved. Dr Steven Jones and colleagues at UBC, the BC Cancer Agency and Simon Fraser University have combined cutting edge hardware with novel software to compile genome sequences at a fraction of the...

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2009-09-11 09:24:30

Mark Widrlechner may someday be known as the modern-day Johnny Appleseed for ash trees. As the devastating insect emerald ash borer is working its way across North America destroying almost all the native ash trees it encounters, Widrlechner is rapidly collecting and storing ash tree seeds. Like the legendary Appleseed who planted apple trees across the country, Widrlechner's seed stocks can serve as a national source for reintroducing ash trees once the devastation can be controlled....

2009-09-04 10:38:42

Campers and travelers should burn wood where they buy it to reduce the risk of transporting damaging pests to new areas, scientists in Ohio recommend. Ohio State University's Burn It Where You Buy It program is aimed at reducing the spread of the Emerald ash borer and other invasive pests that hitch a ride in firewood, the university said in a release. The ash borer, a beetle from Asia, spread to North America in wood packaging materials in the 1990s and since has killed at least 70 million...

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...

2009-08-03 17:34:02

A tree-killing fungus near Florida's Everglades National Park could harm the area's $12.7 million avocado industry, agriculture officials said. "At this point, if your tree becomes infected, it will die,'' state Agriculture and Consumer Services spokesman Mark Fagan told The Miami Herald. Scientists recently discovered a case of laurel wilt disease, carried by the invasive redbay ambrosia beetle, in an avocado sample taken from a grove in Homestead, Fla., between Biscayne National Park and...

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...

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2009-07-01 16:05:00

Scientists fear that the swarms of mountain pine beetles that have killed more than half of all lodge pole pines in British Columbia may eventually make their way into forests in the US. And while cold winters typically kill most of the beetle larvae, the region has recently witnessed unusually higher temperatures that have allowed the beetle to thrive for longer periods of time. The beetle has recently been found in Alberta, and scientists told BBC News that they could threaten jack pine...

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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2005-09-12 09:52:32

The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) is native to China and Korea where it causes widespread destruction of poplar, willow, elm, and maple throughout vast areas of eastern Asia. Asian longhorned beetles are big, showy insects: shiny and coal black with white spots. Adults are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. On their head is a pair of very long antennae that are alternately ringed in black and white. The antennae are longer than the insect's body. An invasive species in...

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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
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