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Lymantria dispar larvae killed by Entomophaga maimaiga fungus

Meet the Fungus That Slows the Spread of an Invasive Moth

One of the best tools for forest entomologists to manage outbreaks of the moth Lymantria dispar is a fungus, native to Japan, that was discovered in the U.S. in 1989. Entomophaga maimaiga can be spread via soil containing its spores or infected L. dispar larvae.

Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis)

Interagency Cooperation Drives Discovery of Lyme Disease Spirochete in Exotic Tick

Analysis of Asian longhorned ticks collected in Pennsylvania found just one—out of more than 250 tested—carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The invasive tick is unlikely to play a role in Lyme transmission, but the research underscores the importance of active tick and pathogen surveillance and collaboration among agencies at local, state, and national levels.

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