AP reports on Groden’s browntail moth research

The Associated Press reported on browntail moth research being conducted by Eleanor Groden, a professor of entomology in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. The browntail moth’s caterpillars have toxic hairs that can cause respiratory diseases and rashes that resemble poison ivy, the AP reported. Groden is looking into how natural enemies of the invasive moth, including fungi and viruses that target the caterpillars, can help slow the caterpillars’ growing range, according to the AP. Groden’s research is part of a larger initiative to monitor and manage the moths. The Portland Press HeraldWLBZ (Channel 2), NECN and Clay Center Dispatch of Kansas carried the AP report. WVII (Channel 7) also reported on the research.