Study: More beetles can carry disease killing avocado trees
April 16, 2017
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — University of Florida researchers say they've found more beetles that can carry a disease threatening avocado trees.
The redbay ambrosia beetle considered the main carrier of laurel wilt is rare in avocado groves. But in a new study in the Journal of Economic Entomology, plant pathology professor Randy Ploetz said scientists found three more beetles that can carry the tree-killing disease.
Ploetz says the study shows that focusing on redbay ambrosia beetles may not save avocado trees from laurel wilt.
Jonathan Crane at the university's Tropical Research and Educatio...