Dangerous Avocado Pathogen Grows Faster in Cooler Temperatures

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By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist has some new data that avocado growers might consider: The disease grows faster in the fall or winter than in the summer, so growers may want to look for laurel wilt more closely during the winter. Laurel wilt has been ravaging Florida’s avocadoes, which have a University …


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 its symptoms in the grove …

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 from the University of Florida/Institute …


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 increased. Randy Ploetz, a professor …

The Problem Expands for Avocado Growers: 9 Beetle Species Carry Deadly Fungus

Kelsey Fry Avocado, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Many people love their avocados — not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally determined to transmit laurel wilt — is rare in avocado groves, but that six other beetle species could …