Canadian Forest Service Publications

Detecting and monitoring emerald ash borer populations. 2013. Ryall, K. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Great Lakes Forestry Centre Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Frontline Express 67. 2p.

Year: 2013

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 34916

Language: English

Series: Frontline Express (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

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This two-page note gives an overview of methods researchers have developed to better detect and monitor emerald ash borer (EAB) outbreaks. These methods include traps that are hung in trees, branch sampling and surveying methodologies. These are useful tools in the effort to limit damage by EAB, particularly in urban areas. EAB is hard to detect because it feeds under the bark of trees and often by the time it is detected, the tree cannot be saved. EAB is a highly destructive beetle that came from Asia and is killing ash trees across North America. Loss of ash trees will have a significant impact on cities, where ash have been widely planted and on the hardwood forest industry. This research aligns with the government’s mandate to protect Canada’s natural resources from disturbances such as forest invasive alien species.