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Emerald ash borer study offers some surprising results

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says they found fewer infested trees than expected in Minnesota's initial infestation area. Scientists conducting the branch sampling study also noticed fewer green beetles in the affected trees.
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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says they found fewer infested trees than expected in Minnesota's initial infestation area. Scientists conducting the branch sampling study also noticed fewer green beetles in the affected trees.

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