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Record of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) in Ukraine is Confirmed

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V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 4 Svobody sq., 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
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A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of Russian Academy of Sciences, 119071 Moscow, Russia
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Insects 2019, 10(10), 338; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects10100338
Received: 13 September 2019 / Revised: 6 October 2019 / Accepted: 10 October 2019 / Published: 11 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecology and Management of Forest Insects in a Changing World)
Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) is a devastating invasive pest of ash trees. This wood-boring insect is native to Asia and established in European Russia about 20 years ago. It severely damages Fraxinus pennsylvanica plantations and quickly spreads. In 2019 we first detected A. planipennis in Ukraine. More than 20 larvae were collected from under the bark of F. pennsylvanica trees on 5 September 2019 in the Markivka District of the Luhansk Region. The coordinates of the localities of collection were 49.614991 N, 39.559743 E; 49.614160 N, 39.572402 E; and 49.597043 N, 39.561811 E. The photos of the damaged trees with larval galleries, exit holes and larvae are presented. It indicates that A. planipennis is established in the east of Ukraine. This fact is important for development of quarantine protocols to prevent or at least slow the further spread of this invasive pest in Europe. View Full-Text
Keywords: emerald ash borer; EAB; Ukraine; Europe; Fraxinus pennsylvanica; ash trees; invasive pest; plant quarantine emerald ash borer; EAB; Ukraine; Europe; Fraxinus pennsylvanica; ash trees; invasive pest; plant quarantine
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Drogvalenko, A.N.; Orlova-Bienkowskaja, M.J.; Bieńkowski, A.O. Record of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis) in Ukraine is Confirmed. Insects 2019, 10, 338.

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