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Laurel Wilt

View three presentations concerning threats posed to California avocado groves by new pests and diseases, including laurel wilt disease, fusarium dieback disease, the polyphagous shot hole borer and the Florida redbay ambrosia beetle.

Raffaela lauricola, the causal agent of laurel wilt disease (LWD) is a devastating pathogen that has the potential to greatly impact the California avocado industry. Laurel wilt is a vascular wilt disease that has led to substantial mortality on trees in the Lauraceae family since it was first found in the southeastern United States in 2004.

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