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Laurel Wilt Scouting Recommendations

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Laurel wilt has proven to be deadly to avocado trees. This fungus is spread by a nonnative insect, the redbay ambrosia beetle. Once infected, the fungus can spread to other trees through roots and improper sanitation. Jonathan Crane, a tropical fruit crop specialist with the University of Florida, says because the disease moves quickly, identifying…

UF Scientists to Help California, Florida Growers Control Dangerous Avocado Pathogen

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By Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- University of Florida experts know all too well about laurel wilt, the pathogen endangering the state’s $100 million-a-year avocado industry – and they’re trying to find ways to prevent it from spreading. Now, they’re taking their data to California to talk to scientists, growers and regulators. Faculty…

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Ambrosia Beetles Bring Trouble for Avocados

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An invasive pest from Asia carries a lethal pathogen that can kill avocado trees. The redbay ambrosia beetle was first detected in Savannah, Georgia, in the early 2000s. This beetle carries a fungus that causes laurel wilt, an extremely dangerous pathogen that can be deadly to avocado trees. Recently, the threat of this pathogen has…