Lignocellulose biodegradation in Asian long-horned beetle
In addition, the USDA established a quarantine around much of New York City, prohibiting anyone from transporting wood that could host the beetle. High-risk trees within a radius of a second mtrs are also either removed and chipped or injected with a systemic insecticide. They were staring not at a dent but at a striking black-and-white beetle, about the width of Donna's pinkie and half as long, with bluish legs and two banded antennas that curved back over the length of its body like the whiskers of a catfish. In Worcester the city is in the southeast corner of this satellite image , the beetles are proliferating at the edge of a hardwood forest that covers most of New England. The Asian longhorn beetle has been intercepted frequently at ports and found in warehouses throughout the United States.
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Improved quarantine methods are needed to halt the accidental movement of this invasive pest into uninfested areas of the United States e. But the discovery of an ALB outbreak in Worcester marked an ominous turn. Donna began leaving messages with various agricultural authorities. When the culprit was identified, and the USDA realized the nature of the threat—a beetle with the capacity to destroy numerous native hardwoods—the agency began cutting down thousands of infested trees and chipping them. In eastern China, a generation may take 1 or 2 years to develop, whereas in northern China Neimenggu , a single generation takes 2 years to develop. Their black wing casings stood out starkly against the silver bark.
The adults usually remain on the tree from which they emerged, or fly short distances to nearby trees, and feed there on leaves, petioles and young bark. Have you tried our Horizon Scanning Tool beta for prioritizing invasive species threats? Some poplars of the other sections of the genus Alba and Tacamahaca are also attacked, but are only slightly susceptible Li and Wu, Journal of Northwestern Forestry College, This may be particularly true in landscapes, such as urban areas, where the implementation of control measures such as the application of insecticides is generally very difficult. Research Results In the experiment that simulated seasonal variations a total of 1, eggs were laid by the original 31 adults; 1, of these hatched from which the development of larvae placed on artificial diet were followed.