Developing and assessing surveillance methodologies for Agrilus beetles


With the exception of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), there is relatively little information published within the scientific literature on surveillance and monitoring protocols for the wood-boring beetles of the Agrilus genus. However, across Europe and North America there have been scattered trials and research projects undertaken in the past decade, along with anecdotal evidence of current ongoing research programmes that have started to investigate methodologies for capturing and assessing Agrilus species in a variety of contexts. This Euphresco project aimed to consolidate the European/North American studies that have been conducted, and with collaboration from North American researchers start to develop monitoring tools for either specific Agrilus species (e.g. A. anxius, A. bilineatus, A. biguttatus, A. auroguttatus), and/or develop a more generic trapping technique for this group of wood-boring insects. As well as gathering together the current knowledge on available trapping/monitoring techniques employed for Agrilus species, we encouraged collaborators to evaluate trap designs with and without volatile lures in a variety of forest/woodland settings to assess the efficiency and species diversity of captures. The main objectives of the project were:

-Collate and report evidence from previous European and North American Agrilus species surveillance and monitoring studies.-Consolidate information on current protocols implemented in national surveillance and monitoring programmes for Agrilus beetles.-Contribute to designing and evaluating species-specific and generic Agrilus trapping techniques.-Validate detection methods to determine specific Agrilus species presence; potential lures and traps will be deployed and assessed to effectively trap native and invasive Agrilus species and allow early detection by deployment at high-risk sites.



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