Tonight, the Perpetual Notion Machine explores the Emerald Ash Borer, another of the many destructive pests living in Wisconsin. And like the Zebra mussel, the Emerald ash borer, is a non-native, invasive species. So, PNM’s Will Cushman talks with UW-Madison entomologist Chris Williamson to help us understand what the ash borer is all about, and how it got to Wisconsin. According to Chris, we know that it first showed up in suburban Detroit in the summer of 2002. And since then, it has prolifically spread to most of the Midwest and upper U.S., by us, when transporting infected lumber. But it has been EXTREMELY destructive to Ash trees, perhaps hundreds in Madison alone. To learn just what the Emerald ash borer does to Ash trees, listen to Will’s interview of Chris above.
If you’d like more information, check out Chris’ website on the Emerald ash borer.
And also watch a Youtube video that Chris made.