Greene County News
FAIRBORN — Emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the United States, can also successfully complete development on olive trees, according to laboratory tests by researchers at Wright State University.
Biology professor Don Cipollini, director of the Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program, has found that the invasive green beetle can feed and successfully develop into adulthood on stems of the Manzanilla olive tree, a Spanish variety that yields green table olives and is grown widely around the world.
“We are showing in this experiment that emerald ash borer indeed can complete development on olive,” said Cipollini. “It would add a potential pest to the olive cultivation industry. If we see this happening in nature, it could be a huge deal.”
Cipollini, who has been studying emerald ash borer for a dozen years, announced in October 2014 that the beetle had spread to white fringetree and suggested that the insect may attack other close relatives.