Albert (Bud) Mayfield, USDA Forest Service,

Laurel wilt

Raffaelea lauricola

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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