Scientists find possible biological control for redbay ambrosia beetle

Scientists at the University of Florida have discovered a few fungal biological control options that show promise for fighting the redbay ambrosia beetle. They discuss the results of their experiments in a refereed article in Biological Control.

The redbay ambrosia beetle (RAB) was first discovered in southeast Georgia in 2002. A native of Asia, the beetle transmits a pathogen that causes laurel wilt, a disease that can kill an infected tree in just a couple of years. The beetle attacks trees in the family Lauracea, which includes redbay, swampbay, sassafras and avocado.

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