Auburn researchers awarded $1.2 million to study destructive beetles

Published: Aug 30, 2010 3:00:00 PM
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Daniel Kim

Daniel (Dong-Joo) Kim, associate professor in Auburn University’s materials engineering program, along with David Held, assistant professor in Auburn’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, have been awarded more than $1.2 million from the commercial nursery industry, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture through its competitive specialty crops research initiative. The funds will be used to design and fabricate a smart trap system through micro-electrical-mechanical systems, or MEMS, technology to fight invasive ambrosia beetles in commercial nurseries. Fewer than 10 years ago, this destructive beetle was unknown in North American nurseries. Today, ambrosia beetles threaten to destroy thousands of acres of existing trees and ornamental plants.

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