Event Title

Entomopathic Nematodes Found in a Population of Emerald Ash Borers from Connecticut

Location

King Building 321

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-29-2016 4:00 PM

End Date

4-29-2016 5:15 PM

Abstract

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle in the U.S. that has been spreading since 2003, with devastating effects on ash trees. One potential method for controlling outbreaks is biological control. I looked for nematode parasites within a population of EABs with the goal of finding species that had potential to be used as bio-control agents and found at least two, both at low infestation rates. One of these species, due to its close phylogenetic relatives, seems unlikely to be useful for large-scale bio-control, but the other is still worth further investigation.

Notes

Session III, Panel 12 - Natural Divisions of Labor: Studies in Field Biology
Moderator: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

Major

Environmental Studies

Advisor(s)

John Petersen, Environmental Studies

Project Mentor(s)

Yolanda Cruz, Biology

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Entomopathic Nematodes Found in a Population of Emerald Ash Borers from Connecticut

King Building 321

The Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive beetle in the U.S. that has been spreading since 2003, with devastating effects on ash trees. One potential method for controlling outbreaks is biological control. I looked for nematode parasites within a population of EABs with the goal of finding species that had potential to be used as bio-control agents and found at least two, both at low infestation rates. One of these species, due to its close phylogenetic relatives, seems unlikely to be useful for large-scale bio-control, but the other is still worth further investigation.