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Developing a simple rearing method for Emerald ash borer biological control agents

Snapshot : The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in North America.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Ulyshen, Michael 
Research Station : Southern Research Station (SRS)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 411

Summary

The emerald ash borer, a buprestid beetle native to Asia, is one of the most ecologically and economically significant invasive forest pests in North America. As a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University, Michael Ulyshen collaborated with Dr. Leah Bauer (Northern Research Station) and Dr. Jian Duan (Agricultural Research Service)) on a series of experiments on the biology of three parasitic wasp species (Oobius agrili, Tetrastichus planipennisi and Spathius agrili) introduced from China as potential biological control agents for Emerald ash borer. From the experiments, the scientists developed a simple yet highly reliable method to rear one of the wasp species. They also found that one of the wasp species would outcompete one of the others, suggesting that the release of the two species should be separated by time or space.

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External Partners

 
  • Northern Research Station, Agricultural Research Service