1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
ARS and U.S. Forest Service are interested in performing the research to aid in the identification of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and the related species of Agrilus woodboring beetles in its species group. Forest Service scientists will work with ARS to. 1)discover host range and seasonality of EAB and related Agrilus species;. 2)develop a fully illustrated identification manual for this group of beetles. The Forest Service and ARS have the expertise and infrastructure to effectively carry out the research and produce and disseminate the resulting information.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
ARS will undertake the taxonomic research on EAB and related species of Agrilus in collaboration with Forest Service who will develop further information on biology of the species. This information will be used by both ARS and the Forest Service to jointly develop the fully illustrated identification manual. The Forest Service and ARS will jointly work to disseminate the knowledge via training workshops and illustrated books.
The project budget and timetable were developed through meetings with the International Programs Division of Forest Service and our collaborators. Major imaging and microscopy equipment necessary for identification and characterization of species of metallic woodboring beetles was acquired.