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.
01/13/2020 - Montgomery County affected by laurel wilt disease
11/13/2019 - Laurel wilt detected in TN sassafras trees
10/01/2019 - Laurel Wilt Disease Detected On Tennessee Sassafras
07/30/2018 - Dogs Can Detect Laurel Wilt Disease In Avocado Trees
08/03/2017 - Florida scientists talk laurel wilt in California
02/15/2016 - Laurel Wilt Continues to Spread | CompassLive
06/15/2015 - SOD Blitzes 2015
08/06/2014 - Laurel wilt fight continues