Redbay ambrosia beetle found in Miami area - The Packer

Redbay ambrosia beetle found in Miami area

03/10/2010 02:00:00 AM

A trap in Miami-Dade County picked up a redbay ambrosia beetle, marking the first time it had been found south of Martin County, Fla.

Some—but not all—redbay ambrosia beetles carry the infectious strain of laurel wilt disease, according to a news release. Tests are underway to determine what strain the beetle was carrying.

Laurel wilt infects members of the laurel family, which includes redbay and avocado trees. The fungus infects the water-carrying xylem tissue in the tree, plugging up the channels, causing leaves to wilt and the trees to eventually die.

The beetle was first found near Savannah, Ga., in 2002. It has since been found in South Carolina, Georgia and parts of Florida.

The joint state-federal Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey program will deploy additional traps to determine how widespread the beetle is in the Miami area.

For more information on the disease and beetle, visit the

A trap in Miami-Dade County picked up a redbay ambrosia beetle, marking the first time it had een found south of Martin County.

Some—but not all—redbay ambrosia beetles carry the infectious strain of laurel wilt disease, according to a news release. Tests are underway to determine what strain the beetle was carrying.

Laurel wilt infects members of the laurel family, which includes redbay and avocado trees. The fungus infects the water-carrying xylem dissue in the tree, plugging up the channels, causing leaves to wilt and the trees to eventually die.

The beetle was first found near Savannah, Ga., in 2002. It has since been found in South Carolina, Georgia and parts of Florida.

The joint state-federal Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey program will depl,oy additional traps to determine how widespread the beetle is in the Miami area.

For more information on the disease and beetle, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.



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