2017

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Rose Rosette Disease, a disease of major economic relevance to the rose industry in Florida was discovered for the first time in November 2013 by the plant pathology lab at NFREC - Quincy and further confirmed by the Division of Plant Industry - FDACS lab at Gainesville. The disease is caused by Rose Rosette Virus (RRV), an Emaravirus and is known to be vectored by the Eriophyid mite Phyllocoptes fructiphilus Keifer. (The mite species is not known to be present in Florida). This is an IFAS pest alert for extension agents in Florida and is issued by Mathews Paret and Binoy Babu, University of Florida and Tim Schubert and Carlye Baker, Division of Plant Industry- FDACS. Click on the pictures to the left to see details of IFAS disease alert and FDACS Disease Alert.

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Boxwood blight, is a major disease of boxwoods in the U.S and was discovered at a commercial nursery in April 2015 by the plant pathology lab at NFREC - Quincy and confirmed by the Division of Plant Industry - FDACS lab at Gainesville. The disease is caused by the fungus Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum or C. buxicola. This is an IFAS disease alert for extension agents in Florida and is issued by Fanny Iriarte and Mathews Paret, University of Florida and Tim Schubert & David Davison, Division of Plant Industry - FDACS. Click on the picture to the left to see details of IFAS Disease Alert.

Rose rosette disease in Florida: Issued January 15th, 2014

Boxwood blight in Florida: Issued May 18th, 2015 & updated Mar 4th, 2016

Citrus Huanglongbing and Asian Citrus Psyllid in Panhandle Florida: Issued Feb 14th, 2017

Citrus Huanglongbing, is a major disease of citrus in Florida, however was not detected in panhandle Florida until recently. The disease caused by the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus was confirmed in Franklin county by the plant pathology lab at NFREC - Quincy and further confirmed by the Division of Plant Industry - FDACS lab at Gainesville. Also, asian citrus psyllid, the insect vector of the bacterium was also discovered in a separate location in the Florida panhandle by the entomology lab at NFREC. IFAS alerts for Florida panhandle was issued by Fanny Iriarte, Mathews Paret, Xavier Martini and Pete Anderson, University of Florida in collaboration with CREC - Lake Alfred and DPI-FDACS.