Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Webinar: "Emerald Ash Borer on the 'Fringes' of Its Host Range"

EAB University will be hosting a webinar this Thursday morning:

"Emerald Ash Borer on the 'Fringes' of Its Host Range"

Don Cipollini from the Dept. of Biological Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, will present his research on EAB infestations of the white fringe tree.

Please join the Adobe Connect Webinar on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11 a.m. Eastern.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Detected in Louisiana

 February 18, 2015

Baton Rouge, La. (February 18, 2015) – The emerald ash borer, a severe insect pest of ash trees, has been confirmed in Webster Parish making Louisiana the 25th state to confirm the presence of this beetle.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a federally-regulated plant pest that almost exclusively attacks ash trees. It was first reported in the U.S. in Michigan in 2002.  The beetle, which is native to Asia, most likely entered the country in dunnage or wooden pallets.  Since that time, it has spread down the East Coast as far south as North Carolina and Georgia, and west to Colorado.  Most recently, it was found in southern Arkansas in July 2014.

A U.S. Forest Service and Forest Health Protection employee found evidence of EAB damage in ash trees during a visual survey.  Further investigation revealed larvae (immature beetles) beneath the bark of multiple trees in approximately a two acre area.  Feeding damage creates characteristic S-shaped tunnels, or galleries, in the sapwood causing initial branch dieback. After several years, the infested trees die.  Larvae were collected and sent to the USDA Systematic Entomology Laboratory in Maryland where they were confirmed as EAB.

“Louisiana’s ash trees are primarily located along the Atchafalaya Basin and the Mississippi River Delta. However, ash trees are also planted in many  urban areas for its aesthetic appeal,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. “As mentioned last year when EAB was discovered in our neighboring state of Arkansas, it could be costly for residents or city officials to have them removed once they start dying.”


National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

National Invasive Species Awareness Week begins TODAY!  The Center of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia is hosting daily webinars on the latest in invasive species management, education, and policy issues.
The webinars are as follows:

Monday, Feb. 23: Landscape-scale Invasive Plant Control Projects – Chris Evans, Illinois Wildlife Action Plan
·         Nick Seaton and Caleb Grantham, Southern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team, The Nature Conservancy
·         Cheryl Millett, Central Florida Lygodium Strategy, The Nature Conservancy
·         Carmen Chapin, Great Lakes Exotic Plant Management Team, National Park Service

Tuesday, Feb. 24: Play, Clean, Go – Laura Van Riper, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Wednesday, Feb. 25: Invasive Plant Listing: Taking it up a Notch with a National Standard – Nancy Loewenstein, Auburn University

Thursday, Feb. 26: EDDMapS, Smartphones and the NAISMA Mapping Standards – Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia

Friday, Feb. 27: Don’t Move Firewood, What we can do for you – Leigh Greenwood, Don’t Move Firewood Campaign Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Each webinar will begin at 3 p.m. EST and end approximately 4 p.m. EST.               
Registration free and is available at http://www.nisaw.org/2015webinar.html.

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