Lethal Bronzing: The Facts!
There seems to be a recent uptick in plant disease and quarantine activity in parts of the southern United States. Hibiscus bud weevil, guava root nematode and boxwood blight are three of the latest examples. As you can imagine, FNGLA receives many inquiries and hears a lot about various plant pests and diseases. Much of the information is accurate, yet sometimes it’s not.
To help separate fact from fiction, FNGLA will issue periodic Fact Sheets to share the most up-to-date scientific and regulatory info on plant pests and diseases with growers, landscape professionals and garden center retailers. In doing so, FNGLA will collaborate directly with UF/IFAS scientists and FDACS-Division of Plant Industry scientists and regulators. These Pest & Disease Fact Sheets will be housed on FNGLA’s website. Just click on the Advocacy tab and then the Resources link.
The first FNGLA Pest & Disease Fact Sheet delivers information about Lethal Bronzing Disease. Formerly known as Texas Phoenix Palm Decline, it affects certain palm species. Click here for the fact sheet.
By making factual, scientific and regulatory information readily available, FNGLA can inform growers and landscape professionals as to ways to mitigate against potentially disruptive plant pests and diseases.