Topic 1: Research Updates on Emerald Ash Borer Biocontrol
Dr. Joseph Elkinton, Professor of Entomology, Dept. of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts
This presentation discusses updates from the Elkinton Lab at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and their cooperators who are monitoring the establishment and impact of non-stinging parasitoid wasps for the biological control of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis). Exciting new data suggests that one such parasitoid (Spathius galinae) is having a real impact and reducing EAB larval densities in the field.
Topic 2: Murdering the hornets – an overview of eradication actions in Washington State to prevent the establishment of Vespa mandarinia
Dr. Chris Looney, Entomology Laboratory, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Multiple North American detections of Vespa mandarinia, the world’s largest hornet species, has led to a multi-year survey and eradication program in Washington State and adjacent British Columbia. A combination of grocery-store items, high-tech equipment, and a massively engaged public has been deployed in the region with measureable success. This talk outlines the Washington State approach and why they feel cautiously optimistic – at least until next summer.