US releases parasitic wasps to fight tree-killing beetle

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US releases parasitic wasps to fight tree-killing beetle

#1  Postby DougC » May 26, 2016 1:01 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36382647

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Millions of tiny, parasitic wasps have been deployed across 24 US states in an effort to stop the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
The beetle has killed about 38 million ash trees, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The USDA approved the release of four species of wasps, which lay eggs inside the ash borer larvae and prevent them from developing into adult beetles.
The treatment and removal of the affected trees costs up to $25bn.
The wasp program is not likely to save any current trees, but is aimed at preventing the ash borer from decimating future tree populations, according to entomologist Ben Slager.

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#2  Postby SafeAsMilk » May 26, 2016 1:20 am

Then can we release Godzilla to take care of the wasps?
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#3  Postby BlackBart » May 26, 2016 7:13 am

The wasps will probably ignore the Ash Borer and lay their eggs in every other larvae they can find.
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#4  Postby crank » May 26, 2016 8:41 am

You see, domestic drone warfare was right around the corner, we told y'all so.
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#5  Postby RDW » Jun 06, 2016 12:51 am

[Kent Brockman reads the news.]

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Our top story, the population of parasitic tree lizards has exploded, and local citizens couldn't be happier! It seems the rapacious reptiles have developed a taste for the common pigeon, also known as the 'feathered rat', or the 'gutter bird'. For the first time, citizens need not fear harassment by flocks of chattering disease-bags.

[Later, Bart receives an award from Mayor Quimby outside the town hall. Several lizards slink past.]

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For decimating our pigeon population, and making Springfield a less oppressive place to while away our worthless lives, I present you with this scented candle.

[Skinner talks to Lisa.]

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Well, I was wrong. The lizards are a godsend.

LISA
But isn't that a bit short-sighted? What happens when we're overrun by lizards?

SKINNER
No problem. We simply unleash wave after wave of Chinese needle snakes. They'll wipe out the lizards.

LISA
But aren't the snakes even worse?

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Yes, but we're prepared for that. We've lined up a fabulous type of gorilla that thrives on snake meat.

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But then we're stuck with gorillas!

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#6  Postby Greyman » Jun 06, 2016 10:27 am

BlackBart wrote:The wasps will probably ignore the Ash Borer and lay their eggs in every other larvae they can find.
Well, at least they're introducing a species known to actually target the Ash Borer. But, yes, it brings to mind the effectiveness of releasing a South American toad to control native Australia beetle species.

Long story short. Cane Toads are still spreading across the country to the determent of native biodiversity, except for the cane beetles which appear to have been largely untouched.

On the other hand, the import of a South American moth *did* massively cut back the invasive Prickly Pair population with mostly no other repercussions, so biological pest control can work.
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#7  Postby The_Piper » Jun 06, 2016 11:06 am

The emerald ash borer is not a native insect either. If it were, there would probably be enough natural parasites to keep them in check. Though native insect outbreaks like this happen to tree species periodically as well.
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#8  Postby Blackadder » Jun 06, 2016 12:44 pm

In the Hollywood version, the wasps start to lay their eggs in humans. An attempted genetic modification goes horribly wrong and the wasps become huge and start attacking the human population who turn into violent zombies once stung. Many "alternative healing" types will see this as a documentary and protest the ebil scientists.
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#9  Postby cherubfish » Nov 25, 2018 10:11 am

And later, the parasitic wasp is likely to become another ecological disaster on their own.
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#10  Postby laklak » Nov 25, 2018 3:36 pm

Blackadder wrote: An attempted genetic modification goes horribly wrong and the wasps become huge and start attacking the human population who turn into violent zombies once stung.


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#11  Postby Macdoc » Nov 25, 2018 4:15 pm

Trump is elected, hilarity ensues.


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#12  Postby felltoearth » Nov 25, 2018 7:32 pm

I’ve had a couple of urban projects in Ash Borer areas, and while the Ashes have been inoculated, the arborist’s opinion was that they should simply be felled and new trees planted in their place. That’s a hard sell when these trees appear perfectly healthy. Ash Borer can turn all of that on a dime. I saw an entire street planted with Ashes in Mississauga, all dead and bark falling off revealing the tell tale signs.

There has been success in contolling Purple Loosestrife using beetles

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#13  Postby BWE » Nov 26, 2018 6:47 am

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly, I don't know why she swallowed the fly, I guess she'll die
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