Chemical Ecology of the Emerald Ash Borer Agrilus planipennis

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The emerald ash borer {(EAB),} Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire {(Coleoptera:} Buprestidae) is a serious invasive pest that has caused devastating mortality of ash trees {(Fraxinus} sp., Oleaceae) since it was first identified in North America in 2002. Shortly after its discovery, surveys were conducted, based on the visual inspection of trees. The shortcomings of visual surveys have led to a critical research need to find an efficient survey method for detecting A. planipennis infestations. Here, we present a review of research that has led to the development of effective trapping methods for A. planipennis. Studies on the insect’s biology and behavior have led to the identification of several potential attractants as well as the design of a visually attractive trap. The ongoing challenge in developing an optimally efficient trapping methodology for A. planipennis will involve finding the best combination of variables, such as trap shape, trap color (or other visual properties), trap placement, lure components, as well as the ratios and release rates of those components.

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