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N.C. Forest Service collaborates with USDA Forest Service to monitor the spread of laurel wilt

By on August 19, 2020

Since 2002, nearly all redbay trees have been disappearing in areas south of North Carolina. First detected in Georgia, the nonnative redbay ambrosia beetle, Xyleborus glabratus, carried these redbay trees to their dooms by introducing a deadly fungus. While the

Laurel wilt detected in Duplin County for the first time

By on January 28, 2015

Another one bites the dust! During recent winter surveys by the N.C. Forest Service, laurel wilt was detected for the first time in Duplin County. Laurel wilt is a devastating invasive disease of redbay trees. This new find makes Duplin

The Butterfly Effect: The impact of an invasive disease on native butterfly populations

By on July 16, 2014

Laurel wilt disease, a disease caused by a fungal pathogen, has already had major impacts on redbay trees across the Southeast. The pathogen is spread from tree to tree by the non-native redbay ambrosia beetle, a small insect that seeks

Winter laurel wilt survey results: Minimum range expansion documented

By on March 12, 2014

As some trees fight for the arrival of spring by beginning to produce buds, the laurel wilt winter survey season comes to a close. Laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has already

Leaves as a clue: Surveying for laurel wilt disease

By on January 29, 2014

Along with the frigid temperatures we’ve seen lately, the bare branches of trees around us serve as a reminder that we are still deep in the throes of winter. But not all branches have shed their leaves. Some trees are

News Roundup: Feb. 25-March 2

By on March 2, 2012

Each week we round up the latest N.C. agricultural headlines from news outlets across the state and country, as well as excerpts from the stories. Click on the links to go straight to the full story. “Vilsack: USDA to lead