2021 Updates from the MA Asian Longhorned Beetle Cooperative Eradication Program
Speaker: Ryan Vazquez, Program Director, USDA APHIS PPQ-Asian Longhorned Beetle Cooperative Eradication Program- Massachusetts
Mr. Vazquez discusses current progress toward the eradication of the invasive Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis; ALB) in Worcester, MA and surrounding towns. This includes current program updates for the effort in Massachusetts, as well as a discussion of the most recent detection of ALB in the United States in Hollywood, South Carolina in 2020.
Trapping for New Invasives in MA – 2021 Updates & APHIS Update for MA
Speaker: Kate Aitkenhead, State Plant Health Director for CT/MA/RI, USDA APHIS PPQ
Ms. Aitkenhead discusses USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine efforts to detect new invasive insect pests in Massachusetts and regionally. This includes planned pest detection surveys in 2021 as well as notable results from 2020. Ms. Aitkenhead will also discuss surveys, detection methods, and signs to look for the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in Massachusetts.