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Subject: Asian Longhorned Beetles discovered in Austria
Date posted: August 10, 2001
Source: Forstliche Bundesversuchsanstalt (Austria)

Experts of the Austrian Forestry Department confirmed that at least 15-20 maple trees ( Acer platanoides) in the town of Braunau were infested with Asian longhorned beetles ( Anoplophora glabripennis). The trees showed first signs of wilting, typical emergence holes were present on the stems, and adult beetles were observed swarming. This represents the first report of an Asian longhorned beetle infestation in Europe. The infested trees are located in the vicinity of a home-improvement warehouse. As it takes the beetles 1-2 years to develop into adults, experts suspect that they were introduced in solid wood packing materials ca. 2 to 3 years ago. A detailed survey of infestations around Braunau is under way. Infested trees were cut down and destroyed immediately. Further control measures are still being discussed.
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