Exotic Pest Reporting
Albert (Bud) Mayfield, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
Laurel wilt (Raffaelea lauricola) is a fungal pathogen of trees and shrubs of the Laurel family. It is a native of Asia and was first detected in Georgia in 2002.
The disease is caused by a fungus that is introduced into host plants by a non-native insect, the redbay ambrosia beetle. The fungus has caused widespread and severe levels of redbay mortality in the Southeastern coastal plain.
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