Monday, February 23, 2015

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Louisiana

Louisiana makes the 25th state where emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) has been found.  On February 18, 2015, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) reported that EAB damaged trees were found in Webster Parish, LA and subsequent investigation uncovered EAB larva in a 2 acre area.

Seven years ago, in anticipation of EAB, LDAF began surveying forests using sticky pheromone traps.  After EAB was discovered in Arkanasas in July, 2014, LDAF, in concert with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), USDA-APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-PPQ), and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), developed an EAB response plan.  The plan was comprised of three main functions: surveys, outreach, and regulatory oversight.  Industry and academia has also been involved in the education and outreach efforts.

Emerald Ash Borer by David Cappaert, Michigan State University,

To read more on the EAB find in Louisiana: Emerald Ash Borer in Louisiana