Emerald Ash Borer

Biological control is considered the primary long-term management tool to suppress emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in forested ecosystems. One egg parasitoid (Oobius agrili) and three larval parasitoids (Tetrastichus planipennisiSpathius galinae and S. agrili) have been approved for biological control of EAB in North America. The URI Biocontrol Lab is currently releasing O. agriliT. planipennisi, and S. galinae to combat EAB in Rhode Island. Long-term release sites will be continually monitored to determine the impact of these biocontrol agents. For more information, see this USDA publication on the role of biocontrol protecting ash regeneration after EAB invasion

  • Emerald Ash Borer
    Fig. 1. Oobius agrili. Photo credit: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org.
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    Fig. 2. Tetrastichus planipennisi. Photo credit: David Cappaert, Bugwood.org.
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    Fig. 3. Spathius galinae. Photo credit: Jian Duan, USDA-ARS.
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