Laurel wilt and the redbay ambrosia beetle

Laurel wilt is also known as laurel wilt disease, it is a vascular disease caused by the Raffaelea lauricola fungus. The fungus is transmitted by the redbay ambrosia beetle. Members of the laurel family died from the disease, with the avocado the most...

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RIFA (Red Imported Fire Ants); a costly problem

The RIFA is the most notorious of the two species of the fire ants found in Florida. Its less common cousin is the tropical or native fire ant. Native to central South America, the RIFA has also established itself throughout the world. It was first...

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