Effects of climate on emerald ash borer mortality and the potential for ash survival in North AmericaAuthor(s): Ryan D. DeSantis; W. Keith Moser; Dale D. Gormanson; Marshall G. Bartlett; Bradley Vermunt
Source: Agriculture and Forest meteorology. 178-179: 120-128.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
Download Publication (0 B)
DescriptionNon-native invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire; EAB) cause billions of dollars; worth of economic damage and unquantifiable but substantial ecological damage in North America each year. There are methods to mitigate, contain, control, or even eradicate some non-native invasive insects, but so far the spread of EAB across eastern North America appears to be unimpeded. Similar to the effect of chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica (Murrill) Barr) onA merican chestnut (Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.) nearly 100 years ago, it is estimated that EAB will eventually decimate nearly all ash (Fraxinus spp.) in North America. Although previous literature suggests no impediment to the spread of EAB, we propose the possibility that obstacles to EAB population expansion into the northern ranges of ash could be formidable. We combined USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) 2010 ash data, historical climate data, beneath-snow and beneath-tree bark temperature modeling, and our current understanding of EAB physiology. We found that between 1945 and 2012, while some Canadian locations experienced temperatures potentially cold enough to kill all EAB, very few locations in the United States experienced such temperatures. However, more than 7% and 42% of weather stations located in the ranges of ash in the United States and Canada, respectively, experienced temperatures potentially cold enough to kill the majority of the EAB population. By killing the majority of the EAB population, EAB spread may be slower and EAB population may be held to densities to which ash trees can tolerate infestation. As in its native range in Asia, lower EAB densities may not cause ash mortality. This information should be helpful for the future sustainable management of ash.
- 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.
CitationDeSantis, Ryan D.; Moser, W. Keith; Gormanson, Dale D.; Bartlett, Marshall G.; Vermunt, Bradley. 2013. Effects of climate on emerald ash borer mortality and the potential for ash survival in North America. Agriculture and Forest meteorology. 178-179: 120-128.
KeywordsAgrilus planipennis, Climate, Forest InventoryandAnalysis, Fraxinus, Temperature modeling, North America
- Current status of chestnut in eastern US forests
- Lessons from the field: The first tests of restoration American chestnut (Castanea dentata) seedlings planted in the Southern Region
- Effects of simulated prescribed fire on American chestnut and northern red oak regeneration
XML: View XML