Good news in Ohio and Michigan in the fight against emerald ash borer.
WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio and Michigan researchers have received a $1.4 million federal grant to continue efforts to save ash trees from a beetle that has killed millions of the trees in parts of the United States and Canada.
Scientists at Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center near Wooster are part of the research team that recently received the grant to continue work on developing trees that can resist the devastating emerald ash borer, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. The three-year grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
The emerald ash borer is killing trees in at least 15 states, including Ohio and Michigan, and in parts of Canada. The larvae bore through tree bark and destroy the soft tissue underneath, cutting off a tree’s ability to distribute water and food.
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