Adult emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennus) [Photo credit:David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org]
A new study has some good news about woodpeckers and their taste for pests:
Woodpeckers find emerald ash borers a handy food source and may slow the spread of this noxious pest, even ultimately controlling it, suggest researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Their findings are published online in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.
“We found we have a native predator that is able to detect and respond to this new rich food resource,” said Charles Flower, UIC postdoctoral research associate in biology and first author of the study.
Since the emerald ash borer was first found feeding on trees in southeastern Michigan in 2002, this Asian invader has been responsible for the death of 30 million trees in the northeastern U.S. and Canada. In Chicago, where the emerald ash borer is already destroying trees, 17 percent of the street trees are ash—85,000 trees, with an estimated 300,000 more ash trees on private property.
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