Wood-Borer Working Group

Mission Statement:  To develop economically sustainable best management practices for wood-boring insects impacting specialty tree crops.

Wood Borer Targets:  At the present time, this group is focused on flatheaded borers (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), particularly the flatheaded appletree borer (Chrysobothris femorata Olivier) (FAB) and Pacific flatheaded borer (Chrysobothris mali Horn) (PFB).  However, members of this working group also deal with other wood borer groups like ambrosia beetles and moth borers.

Current Commodities Covered by Working Group: 

1)    Ornamental shade tree nursery

2)    Pecan

3)    Hazelnut

Current Team Members:

1)    Tennessee State University:

-       Dr. Jason Oliver (Entomology)

-       Dr. Karla Addesso (Entomology / Chemical Ecology)

-       Dr. Anthony Witcher (Nursery Sustainability)

-       Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel (Plant Pathology)

2)    North Carolina State University:

-       Dr. Anthony LeBude (Nursery Crops Extension Specialist)

3)    Oregon State University:

-       Dr. Lloyd Nackley (Plant Physiological Ecology)

-       Dr. Nik Wiman (Orchard Crops Extension Specialist)

-       Dr. Clark Seavert (Agricultural Economics)

4)    Auburn University:

-       Dr. David Held (Entomology / Assistant IPM Coordinator for Alabama)

5)    USDA-ARS:

-       Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan (Research Entomologist)

-       Dr. Christopher Ranger (Research Entomologist / Chemical Ecologist)

States Presently Covered by Working Group:  Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Tennessee.

Working Group Objectives:

1)    Improved borer management through a collaborative, multi-state and multi-disciplinary scientific team approach that includes grower stakeholder inputs.

2)    Identification of factors pre-disposing specialty tree crops to wood borer attacks including tree physiology, environment, and wood borer behavior.

3)    Development of best management practices and a systems approach to reduce or eliminate wood borer attacks on specialty tree crops.

4)    To develop new technology to mitigate borer attacks including improved chemical rates, better adjuvants, new products, biological control agents, and better cultural and silvicultural practices.

5)    To improve grower surveillance and detection of wood borer activity and attacks, improve timing and efficacy of mitigation treatments, and develop better predictive models based on plant phenology and condition.

6)    To reduce negative impacts of wood-borer management programs, such as secondary pest outbreaks, borer insecticide resistance development, and impacts on beneficial insects, pollinators, and other non-target organisms.

7)    To provide producers with improved economic cost-benefit assessments for wood borer management programs.

8)    To deliver science-based recommendations and outreach to grower stakeholders.