Having a nose for longhorned beetles


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A recent published article (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/epp.12282/full) describes the results obtained by using trained dogs in searching for scent of the Asian longhorn beetle, Anoplophora glabripennis Motschulsky.

The study provides quantitative data illustrating the feasibility of dog detection as a complementary method in monitoring and surveying for A. glabripennis. Well-trained dogs are therefore able to detect at high sensitivity and specifity rates A. glabripennis frass, larvae and infested wood under experimental and realistic conditions.