Fast, Field-Based Diagnosis of Laurel Wilt Disease

The redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus) and a fungal pathogen (Raffaelea lauricola) were first introduced to the U.S. in the early 2000s. Since then, the deadly duo known as laurel wilt disease has cause widespread mortality among redbay (Persea borbonia), sassafras (Sassafras albidum), and avocado (Persea americana) trees in the southeastern U.S. A team of…  More 

Unknown Pests or Diseases in Your Forest?

A new online resource offers help to landowners in diagnosing insect and/or disease-related problems in their backyards, groves or forests. Run by forest health specialists at the University of Florida and the Florida Forest Service, the Forest Health Diagnostics Forum offers a  free, fast and accurate way to diagnose forest pests and diseases in Florida…  More