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Is the Beetle Doing Its Job? How Environmental DNA Can Aid Biological Control Efforts

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A pair of beetle species are key players in managing the hemlock woolly adelgid, but it can be difficult to detect where they are present and feeding on the invasive pest. A new study details a genetic test to detect and differentiate traces of the beetles’ DNA in samples of soil, water, or plant matter from a target area. [Read more]

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