Today Jason Smith will be speaking at Purdue Forestry and Natural Resources graduate seminar today about the current state and future impacts of Laurel Wilt Disease.
Please join us for a seminar on Tuesday, October 31, at 12:30, by Gildas Gateble, from Institut Agronomique neo-Caledonien. The title of his talk will be: “An overview of New Caledonia’s plant biodiversity: Origins, characteristics, and threats, with a focus on the genus Oxera” . The seminar is co-sponsored by the UF School of Forest Resources and Conservation and the UF Biodiversity Institute.
Native Lauraceae (e.g. sassafras, redbay) in the southeastern USA are being severely impacted by laurel wilt disease, which is caused by the pathogen Raffaelea lauricola T. C. Harr., Fraedrich and Aghayeva, and its symbiotic vector, the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus Eichhoff). Cold temperatures are currently the only viable limitation to the establishment of X. glabratus in northern populations of sassafras…
Our postdoc Tania Quesada has been working on the genetics of growth in southern pine. Here is a new paper on the genetic architecture of shoot phenology in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda) from the CCLONES (Comparing Clonal Lines On Experimental Sites) study.
A disease new to our region appears to be causing significant damage to native pine species in North and Central Florida, and may be spreading. We need your help to determine the current extent and learn more about this potentially damaging disease to such a economically and ecologically important tree species. Click here to see more information and learn how you can participate.