Emerald Ash Borer Most Destructive Forest Pest

Deborah McCullough of Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology describes the national impact of the Emerald Ash Borer.  The Emerald Ash Borer has become the most destructive forest pest to impact North America both in regard to forest health and economic impacts.

Jonathan Lelito (USDA APHIS PPQ) also describes the emerging national biological control program currently being undertaken by USDA APHIS.  ASETS researchers are currently funded to work on aspects of both the management of ash mortality and the biological control of this forest pest. Visit our project profiles of both SLAM (Slowing Ash Mortality) and MapBioControl.

This video was produced by the MSU Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

Welcome Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Michigan sees another invasive pest enter the state. The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) is an arthropod pest that feeds on can be a serious pest of a variety of fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental plants.

Here are some links to currently available information regarding BMSB:

  • Press release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture.
  • A fact sheet from MSU field crop entomologist Chris DiFonzo and insect diagnostician Howard Russell.
  • An article by MSU fruit entomologists Anne Nielsen, Matt Grieshop and Larry Gut.
  • A fact sheet from the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.

ASETS researchers and developers are working to add pests such as Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Spotted-winged Drosophila to the invasives reporting system of the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network. MISIN is currently being coordinated by ASETS with collaboration from the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Do You Know Where to Look for Invasive Species?

Do you know where to look for invasive species? Colleague Manuel Colunga with the MSU Center for Global Change does.  He and fellow collaborators have been developing methods for determining likely “Hot Spots” for future introductions of alien invasive species (AIS) in the U.S. Manuel (left) was recently interviewed for an article in The State […]

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