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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...



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