Avocado Laurel Wilt Ambrosia Beetle Online Workshop
On Thursday, February 11, University of Florida researchers will host an online Avocado Laurel Wilt and Red Bay Ambrosia Beetle Workshop from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific time. The event will provide updates concerning basic and applied LW-AB research and how this pest-disease complex impacts avocado production.
Attendance is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to register early.
The scheduled speakers and topics are as follows:
- Jeff Wasielewski — Welcome, logistics and purpose
- Jonathan Crane — Brief history and background of LW-AB avocado epidemic
- Jeffrey Rollins — Insights into R. lauricola pathogenicity and colonization
- Daniel Carrillo — Ambrosia beetle biology and management
- Octavio Menocal — A case of plasticity in the symbiotic associations of Xyleborus bispinatus
- Romina Gazis — Current and novel approaches for the control of Laurel Wilt
- Pedro Pablo Parra — New diagnostic tools and their application in surveillance programs
- Bruce Schaffer — Laurel wilt susceptibility of avocado rootstocks and scions in relation to physiology, stem anatomy and ecotype
- Freddy Ballen — Economic impact of laurel wilt: looking back and forward
- Lukas Stelinski and Xavier Martini — Pesticide alternatives for ambrosia beetle management: challenges and opportunities
- Kirsten Stelinski — Ambrosia beetle microbial communities associated with R. lauricola
The event will include periodic question and answer sessions, as well as a break for lunch.