US Endowment for Forestry and Communities Announces Partnership

Concerns over the role of pests in potentially transforming our landscape and even threatening the restoration of the American chestnut have never been greater. Those involved in breeding for blight resistance are concerned not just about cryphonectria parasitica (chestnut blight) but also about breeding for resistance to other exotic pathogens such as Phytophthora cinnamomi and […]

Asian Longhorned Beetle sighting confirmed in Mass

From UMass Extension: Asian Longhorned Beetle found in Massachusetts The Asian Longhorned Beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) has been positively identified in an infestation in the Greendale section (northeast sector) of Worcester, MA. Personnel from the USDA PPQ and Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) inspected the site on Saturday August 2, 2008 and discovered the infestation. […]

Asian Ambrosia Beetle

Discussion on an interesting pest popped up on the Chestnut (TACF) Growers List this past week. We're fortunate not to have seen this pest (yet) here in Connecticut. Hill Craddock of Hamilton County Tennessee describes it as “by far the most damaging pest in (his) orchard.” Hill goes on to say Although we have only […]