National Emerald Ash Borer Research Conference to be Held in Wooster Oct. 12-13

October 7, 2011

Editor's Note: Reporters are invited to the conference. Please confirm attendance by contacting Mauricio Espinoza at 330-621-6541 or espinoza.15@osu.edu.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- U.S. and Canadian scientists will gather in Wooster on Oct. 12 and 13 to share the latest research on emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive insect responsible for killing millions of ash trees in urban settings and forests from Minnesota to Quebec, from Michigan to Tennessee.

The Emerald Ash Borer Research and Technology Development Meeting will be held for the first time on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Previous meetings took place in Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; and Port Huron and Romulus, Mich.

"This conference will bring together scientists from research institutions, government agencies and corporations from throughout the United States and Canada to present and discuss the state-of-the-art emerald ash borer research and technology, focused on understanding the biology and management of this devastating invasive pest," said Dan Herms, Ohio State University entomologist, conference organizer and a leading EAB researcher.

Research topics featured at the conference include biological control, insecticide trials, development of resistant hybrid ash trees, traps, management of infestations, ecological impacts of ash tree losses and mapping of ash trees in public areas.

For more information, log on to http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/eab2011conf. All conference activities will be held at OARDC's Shisler Conference Center. Funding for the conference has been provided by Ohio State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Learn more about EAB at http://ashalert.osu.edu.

OARDC is the research arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Author(s): 
Mauricio Espinoza
Source(s): 
Dan Herms