GCC affiliate Dr. Scott Salom is a professor in the department of Entomology at Virginia Tech whose research focuses on forest entomology and biological control. For more than two decades, he has studied tactics and strategies to manage the damaging hemlock wooly adelgid.  These tiny insects, native to Japan, suck the sugars from hemlock needles, eventually killing the trees.  Salom has been testing whether a predatory beetle might aid in controlling the wooly adelgid population; his research on this was recently highlighted by Science. 

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