Southern Pine Beetle
The southern pine beetle is one of the largest damaging agents of pines in the southern United States. Being able to identify beetle outbreaks and how to deal effectively with them is extremely important for forest landowners throughout the region. The material presented here provides information and links on southern pine beetle identification and management.
A few sassafras trees across Mississippi have started to show signs of dieback, and Mississippi State University is asking for help in identifying affected trees. The trees are suspected of having laurel wilt, a disease caused by a fungus that has already proven deadly to the state’s redbay trees. The fungus is carried by the redbay ambrosia beetle, an invasive species native to Asia.