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Parasitoids May Control Emerald Ash Borer Population

The emerald ash borer is an invasive species that poses a major threat to the American ash tree. Researches at University of Kentucky’s Forest Entomology Lab have discovered a closely related native ash borer species that is kept in check by natural enemies, parasitoids. Researchers are investigating whether the native parasitoid can discover and control the invasive emerald ash borer.

To that end, the Forest Entomology lab, in partnership with the Kentucky Office of the State Entomology, have released over 150,000 parasitoids across the counties since 2010.

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