Laurel Wilt Continues to Spread in North Carolina

Laurel wilt is a fungal disease of plants in the Laurel family that is carried from tree to tree by a small beetle called the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus). The disease has killed nearly all of the mature redbay (Persea borbonia), the most widely affected host, in affected areas south of North Carolina. The fungus that causes laurel wilt (Raffaelea lauricola) is very aggressive and mortality is thought to occur in trees attacked by a single female beetle.

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