Beetle Controls Purple Loosestife

A European plant called purple loosestrife is increasingly making
itself at home near lakes, wetlands, and meadows throughout the Great
Lakes region. That’s bad news for native plants that are pushed out by
the aggressive newcomer. But help could be on the way. The Great
Lakes Radio Consortium’s Tracy Samilton reports on a program to
introduce a loosestrife-munching beetle:

Honey Bees Face Another Threat

A new threat to honey bees that had been isolated to four southern
states has just been spotted in the Great Lakes region……and
agriculture officials are warning beekeepers to be on the lookout. The
Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Bill Cohen has more:

Reintroducing the American Burying Beetle

A special kind of beetle is near extinction in the U-S. That’s why
Ohio is trying to revive them…by bringing in 29 pairs of the beetles
from Oklahoma. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium reports:

Beetle Infestation Spreads

A recent discovery of the Asian long horned beetle has caused entomologistsin the Chicago area to declare an outbreak. That worries officials that thetree killing bug could make it’s way into other parts of the Great LakesRegion. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Tom Scheck reports:

Return of the Elms

Nearly every American city has an Elm Street. That’s because the elm was once one of the most abundant species of trees in North America. It was beloved for its distinctive shape and crown of limbs that arched over city streets. Unfortunately, starting in the 1930’s, at least a hundred million elms are estimated to have been wiped out by Dutch Elm disease. Relatively few elms managed to survive the epidemic. But now, Cincinnati is in the vanguard of a movement to bring back the elm. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium’s Steve Hirschberg reports: