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    Author(s): M. Hughes; J.A. Smith; A.E. Mayfield III; M.C. Minno; K. Shin
    Date: 2011
    Source: Plant Disease 95(12):1588
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Laurel wilt is a fungal vascular disease of redbay (Persea borbonia (L.) Spreng) and other plants in the family Lauraceae in the southeastern United States (1). The disease is caused by Raffaelea lauricola T. C. Harr., Fraedrich & Aghayeva, which is vectored by the exotic redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus Eichhoff) (2). Pondspice (Litsea aestivalis (L.) Fern.) is an obligate wetland shrub listed as endangered in Florida and Maryland and threatened in Georgia (4).

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    Hughes, M.; Smith, J.A.; Mayfield III, A.E.; Minno, M.C.; Shin, K. 2011. First report of laurel wilt disease caused by Raffaelea lauricola on pondspice in Florida. Plant Disease 95(12):1588.

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