Emerald Ash Borer Genome Project

Image credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire)

Emeral ash borer

Emerald ash borer

Image source: Kristen Kuhn

Contact: Jian Duan and Kristen Kuhn

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The emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is a relatively new invasive pest that has killed millions of North American ash (Fraxinus spp.) trees in both managed and natural forests of northeastern and Midwestern states since its discovery in 2002.

EAB has invaded 15 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec).

Economic cost of potential EAB damage to ash trees has been recently estimated to reach more than $10 billion with possible expansion of infestation to 25 States in the next 10 years.

Genomic Resources

For the most current version of the assembly, please use 'NCBI BioProject' (find link below). If the assembly is unavailable in the BioProject page (it is still being worked on), you can look under the 'BCM-HGSC data' (find link below) for intermediate versions of the assembly.

Web Apollo: A web-based sequence annotation editor for community annotation

For information about Web Apollo, please contact Monica Poelchau.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the emerald ash borer