The Emerald Ash Borer, the Asian longhorn beetle, now the Southern Pine Beetle. This hour, we learn about the newest in a series of pests and diseases decimating species of trees in New England.
Where are these pests coming from, and why are they so devastating? We talk about how trade and globalization have accelerated the spread of invasive coming to the Northeast.
What does this mean for our forests?
- Patrick Skahill - WNPR’s science and environment reporter and host of The Beaker
- Christopher Martin - Connecticut State Forester
- Dr. Claire Rutledge - Entomologist at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven
- Dr. Jason Fridley - Plant ecologist and associate professor of Biology at Syracuse University
Interested in seeing the progress of Emerald Ash Borer or other invasive pests and plants? You can track by species, or check out the total impact of all invasions with these interactive maps. (Courtesy of SongLin Fei at Purdue University)