What is it about?
This article looks at the possibility the emerald ash borer is being spread in the State of Iowa via the railway. These findings have a direct impact on how we look at the movement of pests. It is important to note, that little to no wood moves on these rail cars and that emerald ash borer is emerging and "hitching a ride" to the next host tree.
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Why is it important?
This method of movement has significantly increased the spread of emerald ash borer. What other pests can and have been moving in a similar matter? This is an area that needs more research and modeling.
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This page is a summary of: Rail transport as a vector of emerald ash borer, Agricultural and Forest Entomology, November 2019, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/afe.12360.
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