- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A tree-eating beetle that has destroyed ash trees throughout Ohio may also be killing off another type of tree, according to research from a university scientist.

The findings of a scientist at Wright State University in Dayton indicates that the emerald ash borer also is using the white fringetree as a host, eating its leaves and infesting its trunk to reproduce.

Wright State biology professor Don Cipollini discovered that the green beetle has the ability to live and reproduce in the white fringetree, according to the Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1z9Pdr0 ).

The tree is considered a decorative ornamental. It’s sold at nurseries and also shows up in the wild along the Ohio River.

While it’s already known that fringetree leaves are food for the borer, the ability of the bug to live in the tree and use it to complete its life cycle would be a new discovery.

Despite quarantines on moving ash, the ash borer has spread throughout Ohio and is on track to kill billions of trees. Over time, it’s likely only a small portion of the state’s more than 3.8 billion ash trees will survive.

The borer is an Asian native that first turned up in the vicinity of Detroit in 2002, likely carried into the country by ash wood used to build packing crates.

A fringetree infestation would not cause near the same problems.

White fringetrees are typically found along the eastern seaboard as far south as Florida, and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma. They can survive in northern climates and are extensively planted in gardens.

Fringetrees, which feature colorful blooms, are growing in popularity. The trees produce a fruit that looks like an olive and can be consumed by wildlife.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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