Submitted to: Taking Root
Publication Type: Popular publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/20/2005
Publication Date: 8/20/2005
Citation: Smith, M.T. 2005. Asian longhorned beetle. arming the public for early detection and eradication. Acarology International Congress Proceedings. Taking Root 15:3-6. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), in collaboration with its many partners, has been conducting research on the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) since 1998 in an effort to develop methods that can be used in the: (1) early detection of ALB infestations; (2) eradication of known ALB infestations, and (3) control of ALB should eradication efforts fail. More specifically, a large part of the ARS efforts have been directed towards development of methods that can be used to determine where, when and how to detect ALB infestations, including both the detection of ALB-infested trees and the detection of adult beetles, as well as to provide guidelines on where, when and how to implement survey, detection and control strategies. Recent advances in each of these lines of research were presented, including the presentation of never before reported signs of attack based upon adult beetle feeding on leaves and petioles. These signs of attach have now been implemented into the ALB eradication programs in the U.S. and Canada.