emerald ash borer

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Definition of emerald ash borer

: a metallic-green Asian beetle (Agrilus planipennis) accidentally introduced into the U.S. and having a destructive larva that bores into the wood of ash trees

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Sudden Oak Death began to kill trees on the west coast in the 1990s, and the emerald ash borer began decimating its eponymous host throughout the east in the 2000s. Julia Rosen, latimes.com, "Should we resurrect the American chestnut tree with genetic engineering?," 25 June 2019 The emerald ash borer is a beetle that came to the area on shipping crates from foreign countries, Scott said. Mary Mcintyre, Lake County News-Sun, "After beetle wiped out 20% of parkway trees in Winthrop Harbor, federal grant will help restock the village," 14 June 2019 The emerald ash borer was first discovered in Illinois in 2006. Todd Shields, chicagotribune.com, "Despite diminishing influence, emerald ash borer still poses issues for Barrington area," 22 May 2018 The emerald ash borer may have had a significant impact on Indian Hill, but residents can help restore trees that were lost. Forrest Sellers, Cincinnati.com, "Indian Hill residents can help restore trees lost to emerald ash borer," 29 Mar. 2018 This is due to one insidious little insect known as the emerald ash borer (EAB). Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Woodpeckers To Your Yard (And Why You'd Want To)," 13 June 2017 Treatments started three years before emerald ash borer was discovered in the city. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Emerald ash borer continues to decimate trees 10 years after it was discovered in Wisconsin," 25 June 2018 The despised ash trees had to be cut down as the emerald ash borer laid waste to the cultivar across the Midwest. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Gateway to what?," 28 June 2018 Southfield Black Ash Basketry Kelly and Jeff Church will demonstrate how a basket is made, from pounding the log to weaving, and will also discuss the devastation of the emerald ash borer and its impact on the black ash trees. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, "Things to do in metro Detroit for the week of June 24 and beyond," 26 June 2018

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2002, in the meaning defined above

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