Laurel wilt is a plant disease causing serious devastation to the South Florida avocado industry. First discovered in a Florida commercial avocado orchard in 2012, the disease has decimated the number of trees in Florida’s orchards, posing ... READ MORE
Recap of May First Friday with Florida First Detector
In May, we picked up again with our discussion of wood boring insects. This time, we focused more on the bark beetles (Family: Curculionidae). Many bark beetles help break down dead or ... READ MORE
UF/IFAS researchers are working on a decision-support app to help policy makers and growers decide the best regional treatment options for laurel wilt disease, which is challenging Florida’s $35 million-a-year avocado crop.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida scientist has some new data that avocado growers might consider: The disease grows faster in the fall or winter than in the summer, so growers may want to look for laurel wilt more closely during ... READ MORE