Laurel wilt

Laurel wilt

Photo by Andrew Geering, DEEDI Qld

  • Emerging fungal disease of avocado trees in Florida
  • Spread by the tiny (2 mm long) Redbay ambrosia beetle (exotic)
  • Leaves wilt and foliage drop may follow
  • Xylem tissue becomes dark brown or black
  • Dying trees attract beetles in large numbers and small strings of wood fibre may be seen protruding from bore holes

High priority pest of: Avocados

Scientific name: Raffaelea lauricola
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Fungus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol