Archive for July 2007

Analytically Solving the Beetle Problem

The Asian longhorned beetle crosses the Pacific.

Asian longhorned beetles (ALB), which are native to China and Korea, began infesting parts of the U.S. and Canada about 12 years ago. First discovered in North America in 1996 in Brooklyn, New York, it is believed that the ALB entered the U.S. and later spread to Canada in wooden packing crates used for imports from China. Since then the ALB has infested trees in several other U.S. states and was found in Canada for the first time in Toronto in 2003. So far, the North American ALB infestation has been limited to urban and suburban areas. Read the rest of this entry »