Funded Research Projects: FOREST ECOLOGY

Evaluation of Emerald Ash Borer Trapping Schemes

Research Sponsored By: US Forest Service
Principal Investigator: Patrick Tobin
Project Description
The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), is a non-native invasive wood-boring insect with the potential to effectively eliminate native ash (Fraxinus spp.) as an overstory component in North American forests. The search for effective detection and monitoring tools for EAB has now entered its second decade. Progress to this point has been incremental and trapping technologies have improved but no clearly superior methods have been identified for initial detection and subsequent population monitoring of this insect, especially over diverse landscapes. A major limitation in the search for an improved trapping scheme for EAB is that past work on trapping efficacy has been largely based upon individual studies by individual trap developers.

To address this shortfall, the primary objective of this study is to independently assess existing EAB trapping schemes from three major trap developers, and quantify their relative use in detecting and monitoring EAB populations. The overarching goal is this study is to provide updated information and guidance for program managers and practitioners for trapping EAB, especially as it continues to expand its range in North America.