Humans adores trees. But humans also migrate and trade, habits that led to the accidental introduction of insects and diseases that harm trees and alter the landscape. Examples are easy to find and may be outside your front door: American elms that once dotted streets across America succumbed to Dutch elm disease. Now all colors of ash species – black, green, white, pumpkin, and blue – are threatened by emerald ash borer. The already uncommon butternut tree, also known as white walnut, faces the possibility of extinction from a mysterious attacker. Many invasive insects and fungi come from regions where native trees have evolved to resist their attacks. When these species enter the United States, they find trees that lack this resistance. There's no immediate end to this dismal pipeline, but there is hope on the horizon.
Dutch Elm Disease
USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.
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Council or Task Force
Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.
See also: IPM Scouting in Woody Landscape Plants for more pests and diseases
- Brasier, C. M., and K. W. Buck. 2001. Rapid evolutionary changes in a globally invading fungal pathogen. Biological Invasions 3:223-233.
- Flores, A. 2006. Dutch elm disease update.Agricultural Research 54(6):18.
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Ophiostoma spp. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
- Olson, B., S. von Broembsen, and T. Royer. Dutch Elm Disease and Its Control (PDF | 1.24 MB). Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. EPP-7602.