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    When the emerald ash borer (EAB) was discovered near Detroit, Michigan in July 2002, very little was known about it other than the fact that it was killing large numbers of ash trees throughout a widespread area in southeast Michigan (Poland and McCullough 2006). Ash mortality in the area had been noted for a few years, but was attributed to ash decline until damage and symptoms including galleries and exit holes became so prevalent that it was clear the beetle damage was not secondary but was in fact the causative agent of mortality. The beetle was identified by Eduard Jendek as Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), an exotic wood boring beetle native to Asia (Haack et al. 2002). Some basic aspects of its biology and general descriptions were available and translated from Chinese textbooks (Chinese Academy of Science 1986, Yu 1992), but nothing was known about how to detect or control it. Hence, research scientists quickly initiated projects to learn about this invasive species and develop tools to manage it .

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    Poland, Therese M. 2014. Progress and future directions in research on the emerald ash borer. Pennsylvania Forests. Summer: 20-25.

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