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Using economics to support emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) detection strategies. 2015. Campbell, M.; Weersink, A.; McKenney, D.W.; Ryall, K. Canadian Entomologist 147:329-337.

Year: 2015

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36099

Language: English

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DOI: doi:10.4039/tce.2014.76

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Early detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire; Coleoptera: Buprestidae) infestation is problematic, with visual indicators not appearing until late during an infestation, and detection methods often requiring substantial trade-offs between information yielded and cost. Decision makers must determine which detection methods provide sufficiently valuable information that matches their objectives and adhere to budget constraints. Notably,decision makers from different organisations often have different objectives; hence their perceptions of costs and benefits of these choices can vary. Economic thought and analysis can provide useful insights for decision makers concerned with understanding and balancing costs and benefits associated with detection strategies. Here we provide a brief review of economic studies of EAB and present a conceptual framework on the detection strategy problem drawing on "information economics"