Skip to Main Content
Effects of chipping, grinding, and heat on survival of emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), in chipsAuthor(s): Deborah G. McCullough; Therese M. Poland; David Cappaert; Erin L. Clark; Ivich Fraser; Victor Mastro; Sarah Smith; Christopher Pell
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology. 100(4): 1304-1315.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
PDF: View PDF (188.46 KB)
DescriptionThe emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), a phloem-feeding insect from Asia, was identi?ed in 2002 as the cause of widespread ash (Fraxinus sp.) mortality in southeastern Michigan and Essex County, Ontario. Most larvae overwinter as nonfeeding prepupae in the outer sapwood or thick bark of large trees. In a series of studies, we evaluated effects of grinding, chipping, and heat treatment on survival of A. planipennis prepupae in ash material. Heavily infested ash bolts containing roughly 8,700 prepupae were processed by a horizontal grinder with either a 2.5- or 10-cm screen. There was no evidence of A. planipennis survival in chips processed with the 2.5-cm screen, but eight viable prepupae were recovered from chips processed with the 10-cm screen. We chiseled additional sentinel chips with prepupae from ash logs and buried 45 in each chip pile. In total, six prepupae in sentinel chips survived the winter, but we found no sign of adult A. planipennis emergence from the processed chips. Subsequently, we assessed prepupal survival in chips processed by a chipper or a horizontal grinder with 5-, 10-, or 12.7-cm screens. An estimated 1,565 >A. planipennis prepupae were processed by each treatment. Chips from the chipper were shorter than chips from the grinder regardless of the screen size used. No live prepupae were found in chips produced by the chipper, but 21 viable prepupae were found in chips from the grinder. Infested wood and bark chips chiseled from logs were held in ovens at 25, 40, or 60°C for 8, 24, or 48 h. Prepupal survival was consistently higher in wood chips than bark chips at 40°C, whereas no prepupae survived exposure to 60°C for eight or more hours. In a second study, prepupae in wood chips were exposed to 40, 45, 50, 55, or 60°C for 20 or 120 min. Some prepupae survived 20 min of exposure to all temperatures. No prepupae survived exposure to 60°C for 120 min, but 17% survived exposure to 55°C for 120 min, suggesting that some fraction of the population may survive internationally recognized phytosanitary standards (ISPM-15) for treatment of wood packing material.
- Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat.
- During the capture process some typographical errors may occur.
- Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationMcCullough, Deborah G.; Poland, Therese M.; Cappaert, David; Clark, Erin L.; Fraser, Ivich; Mastro, Victor; Smith, Sarah; Pell, Christopher. 2007. Effects of chipping, grinding, and heat on survival of emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), in chips. Journal of Economic Entomology. 100(4): 1304-1315.
KeywordsAgrilus planipennis, Fraxinus, phytosanitary treatment, invasive species
- Failure to phytosanitize ash firewood infested with emerald ash borer in a small dry kiln using ISPM-15 standards
- Survival of emerald ash borer in wood chips
- Survival of emerald ash borer in chips
XML: View XML