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Emerald Ash Borer Control


Laboratory: Forest Products Laboratory

Technology: Protein having pesticidal activity, DNA encoding the protein, and noxious organism-controlling agent that controls the insect pest, emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis.

Opportunity: The U.S. Forest Service seeks licensees and/or cooperators for this technology.

Summary: The emerald ash borer, or EAB, has been identified as the prime cause of the extensive ash (Fraxnius spp.) mortality in southeastern Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The EAB has been attributed to the mortality of approximately 25 million ash trees in lower Michigan since its arrival in North America. It has further spread across at least 13 states. Last week the Detroit Free Press reported that the EAB had "laid waste to more than 100 million ash trees from New Jersey to Colorado, and has another 8 billion or so waiting for it."

Forest Products Laboratory scientists have developed an insect pest control method that specifically targets the emerald ash borer using a noxious organism. The invention utilizes a microbe, Bacillus thuringiensis serovar galleria SDS 502 strain, capable of producing a toxic protein (Cry8Da) that serves an as an active ingredient of an agent to control the EAB problem.

Contact: Janet Stockhausen, Patent Advisor

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