Tree lovers can add yet another pest to their list of worries. This time, it’s a beetle carrying an insidious fungus that can kill black walnut trees. Eight walnut twig beetles were found in traps set by state forestry and agriculture officials at a wood-processing business in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. Walnut products there have been quarantined.
“We definitely have a lot of walnut in Ohio, and it’s a very valuable species that we’re trying to protect,” said Dan Kenny, acting assistant chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s plant health division. “We haven’t dealt with this pest before. There are a lot of questions out there, because it’s really a new discovery.” Although officials found beetles, they haven’t yet found any trees infested with the fungus that causes thousand cankers disease.
Via Anne-Sophie Roy, Kamoun Lab @ TSL