New agreement for MSU and Canada will open up collaborations to address invasive forest pests

Michigan State University and the Canadian Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding opening options for future collaborations addressing forest health, invasive forest pests and related issues.

June 22, 2017 - Author: Joy Landis

Deb McCullough and student

Michigan State University and the Canadian Invasive Species Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding opening options for future collaborations addressing forest health, invasive forest pests and related issues. The document, signed by MSU Provost June Youatt, covers the exchange of educational materials as well as academic and research cooperation.

“This is an important step toward formalizing our common interest in the ecology and management of invasive forest insects and pathogens,” said MSU forest entomologist Deborah McCullough. “Pests do not respect international borders, so we hope this agreement will help facilitate future collaborations with the new Canadian Centre.”

McCullough’s work includes studying forest insect ecology and management and invasive forest insects, including emerald ash borer (EAB). The results of her work with EAB have contributed to federal, state and municipal policies and decisions across much of the U.S., as well as Canada and Europe.


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