Evaluation of screen barriers on redbay trees to protect them from Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and distribution of initial attacks in relation to stem moisture content, diameter, and height

  • Authors: Maner, M. Lake; Hanula, James; Braman, S. Kristine
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: J. Econ. Entomol. 106(4): 1693-1698
  • DOI: 10.1603/EC13125

Abstract

Fine mesh screen was used to create a physical barrier to prevent redbay ambrosia beetles, Xyleborus glabratus Eichhoff (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae), from accessing various parts of the boles of redbay trees, Persea borbonia (L.) Sprengel, and infecting them with the laurel wilt fungus, Raffaelea lauricola (T.C. Harrington, Fraedrich, & Aghayeva). Screen barriers prevented beetles from attacking boles of mature redbay trees from the ground to 1 or to 3 m and from 1 to 3 m above ground. Untreated control trees were sampled more extensively to determine how location of initial attacks varied with height, diameter, and moisture content of the wood.

  • Citation: Maner, M. Lake; Hanula, James L; and Braman, S. Kristine. 2013. Evaluation of screen barriers on redbay trees to protect them from Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) and distribution of initial attacks in relation to stem moisture content, diameter, and height. J. Econ. Entomol. 106(4): 1693-1698.
  • Keywords: laurel wilt, Raffaelea lauricola, Persea borbonia, redbay ambrosia beetle, invasive species
  • Posted Date: September 9, 2013
  • Modified Date: March 25, 2014
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