Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Emerald Illinois

The Illinois Department of Agriculture reported today that the emerald ash borer beetle (Agrilus planipennis) has been found in Kent County, the first record for their state. This article from the Chicago Tribune notes that a beetle was found last week by a homeowner (yay Citizen Scientists!) and that the infestation is at least three seasons old. It will be interesting to see what happens next, because Illinois already has a rapid response plan in place to prepare the state for the possibility of the EAB's arrival.

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