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Laurel Wilt

Laurel Wilt - Invasive.orgScientific name: Raffaelea lauricola sp. nov. T.C. Harr. Fraedrich & Aghayeva (Harrington et al. 2008)

Common name: Laurel wilt

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Native To: Probably Asia (the disease vector, the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus), is native to Asia) (Harrington et al. 2008)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Redbay ambrosia beetle first discovered in 2002; disease first discovered in 2003 (Fraedrich et al. 2007)

Means of Introduction: Probably arrived with the redbay ambrosia beetle on imported wood packing materials (Harrington et al. 2008)

Impact: Fungal disease of redbay (Persea borbonia) and other trees in the laurel family (Lauraceae) (Harrington et al. 2008)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southeastern U.S.



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Gallery of Pests - Laurel Wilt
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Phytosanitary Alert System - Raffaelea lauricola sp. nov. T.C. Harr. Fraedrich & Aghayeva
North American Plant Protection Organization.

TISI Inventory - Laurel Wilt
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Invasive Species Compendium - Raffaelea lauricola
CAB International.

EPPO Alert List: Raffaelea lauricola (Laurel Wilt) and Its Insect Vector (Xyleborus glabratus)
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
See also: EPPO Alert List

Global Invasive Species Database - Raffaelea lauricola (fungus)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

State Government

Disease Advisory: Laurel Wilt Disease
Alabama Forestry Commission.

Pests & Diseases - Laurel Wilt Disease
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Division of Plant Industry.

Forest and Shade Tree Pests: Laurel Wilt Disease (Apr 2008; PDF | 671 KB)
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida Forest Service.
See also: Forest Health Publications - Stem Diseases for more fact sheets

Laurel Wilt Disease Associated With Redbay Ambrosia Beetle
Georgia Forestry Commission.

Forest Health - Disease: Laurel Wilt Disease
Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Laurel Wilt Frequently Asked Questions
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.


Redbay Ambrosia Beetle and Laurel Wilt
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

EDIS Topic - Redbay Ambrosia Beetle-Laurel Wilt Disease (RAB-LW)
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
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Fraedrich, S.W., T.C. Harrington, and R.J. Rabaglia. 2007. Laurel wilt: a new and devastating disease of redbay caused by a fungal symbiont of the exotic redbay ambrosia beetle (PDF | 94 KB) Newsletter of the Michigan Entomological Society 52(1-2):14-15.

Harrington, T.C., S.W. Fraedrich, and D.N. Aghayeva. 2008. Raffaelea lauricola, a new ambrosia beetle symbiont and pathogen on the Lauraceae (PDF | 420 KB) Mycotaxon 104:399-404.

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Last Modified: Sep 08, 2018
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