Weeds & Pests
The high rate of invasive insect pests and plant pathogens entering the United States is proportionate to the high rate of imports into the US. Wooden packing material is the source for several beetle introductions, including the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the Emerald ash borer (EAB), and the Brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB). The US imports approximately 20% of its food and millions of ornamental plants. With fresh fruits, vegetables, and plants come the risk of introducing serious threats to US agriculture such as the European grapevine moth (EGVM), the Light brown apple moth (LBAM), Citrus scab, and the Asian citrus psyllid/Huanglongbing complex. Read full text.