Entomologists in LSJ about spread and eradication of emerald ash borers

The work of several Michigan State University and U.S. Forest Service entomologists Deb McCullough, Therese Poland, Leah Bauer and Robert Haack was featured recently in a Lansing State Journal (LSJ) article.

The work of several Michigan State University and U.S. Forest Service entomologists – Deb McCullough, Therese Poland, Leah Bauer and Robert Haack – was featured recently in a Lansing State Journal (LSJ) article on the emerald ash borer and its devastating effect on ash trees.  

The LSJ reports that MSU researchers were able to take core samples from 1,085 trees and use the thin tree rings of drought years and thick rings of abundant years to establish dates of when emerald ash borer arrived. To determine which trees to take samples from, they used a grid system to divide the southeastern corner of Michigan and searched in each square for the longest dead or longest infested green ash tree. With these findings, earlier this year they were able to publish their results of where and when emerald ash borer arrived and how it spread.

Read for the full LSJ article, “Battle of the ash borer,” for more information on the research MSU is doing to learn more about emerald ash borer.

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