The use of blue gum eucalyptus as a mulch material has long been viewed as problematic because of its reputation as having lethal effects on other plants. However, a new master’s thesis indicates that blue gum is not toxic to California native species. Learn more.
In 2002, packing material infested with the redbay ambrosia beetle led to the introduction and spread of Laurel Wilt Disease (LWD) across the southeastern portion of the United States. Recently, a group of Florida researchers shared their LWD research with California avocado growers in a series of seminars in Fallbrook, Ventura and San Luis Obispo. Read more.
The California Avocado Commission (CAC) would like to hear from growers concerning whether they would be interested in participating in a tour in Florida to see the effects of laurel wilt disease firsthand and learn more about how it’s being managed. Learn more about this opportunity.
Learn more about fire readiness and best practices concerning how to create defensible spaces to prevent the spread of wildfires in California avocado groves.
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