Thursday, May 14, 2009

St. Pauli Beetle?

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has been found in St. Paul, Minnesota, the first occurrence of the invasive beetle in that state. The infestation was found by a tree care company that found the larvae in ash trees and reported it to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Read the official press release here, and for instant updates, follow the MDA's Twitter feed or their Facebook updates.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Dr. Orth:

Thanks for your work. Are you related to Don Orth at Virginia Tech? I graduated biochem. '84...I stumbled on your work and thought you might like to know about my organization, Conserv. We just launched Deep Green Classifieds, a listing service for landowners leasing their land for conservation-friendly recreational purposes to conservation-minded users, for fishing, bird watching, etc. Perhaps greater awareness of native biodiversity will help to also raise awareness of the impact of exotic invasives. Best, Michael Collins, Conserv.