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Tree-killing disease found in Florida

February 28, 2011 Comments off

The Associated Press

MIAMI — The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has positively identified the presence of a destructive disease that affects avocado trees and other trees in the laurel family.

State and federal agriculture experts say laurel wilt disease has been detected on three swamp bay trees in Miami Dade County.

The fungal disease is spread by the redbay ambrosia beetle.

If the disease spreads, it could potentially harm Florida’s avocado industry, which represents nearly $13 million to the local economy, with more than 6,773 production acres in Miami-Dade County, with some acreage in Collier County.