LIFE TABLE ANALYSIS TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF PARASITOIDS ON EMERALD ASH BORERS IN THE US
Beneficial Insects Introduction Research
Project Number: 8010-22000-023-02
Start Date: Apr 15, 2008
End Date: Apr 14, 2013
The purpose of this agreement is to quantify the impact of introduced parasitoids on the survival of emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, populations. The work will be done in the US, using one species of American ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica). Evaluations will be based on life tables developed from marked cohorts of eggs and larvae at six field sites in natural forests where the parasitoids imported to the US to control EAB either have already been released or will be released in the first year of the study. Specific objectives will be:
1. Locate 3 control and 3 treatment sites. At the treatment sites, release the three EAB parasitoids imported from China (Oobius agrili, Tetrastichus planipennisi , Spathius agrili).
2. At all sites, assess the impact of parasitoids on cohorts of EAB eggs and larvae/pupae in green ash (F. pennsylvanica)
3. Use data from EAB cohort studies to develop life tables for EAB populations and compare stage specific survival rates and other life table parameters.
We will test whether parasitoids introduced from China will greatly reduce survival of emerald ash borer cohorts on green ash trees (F. pennsylvanica) in U.S. Work will be done in Michigan at three control and three treatment sites, the latter where three introduced EAB parasitoids either have been or will be released. Cohorts of EAB eggs and larvae/pupae will be created at each site, and used for construction of site-specific life tables for measuring the impact of released parasitoids.