Tens of thousands of palm trees are dying of a bacterial disease

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It is caused by a small insect, and it may have an effect in Arizona and California

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – Palm trees, an icon of the Sunshine State, they are in trouble. Florida’s official state trees are dying from a bacterial disease. Scientists call it the “deadly skin”, and it is turning tens of thousands of majestic palm trees and bright, family of plants.

“What happens if this bacteria enters the palm, it is that it is starting to be replicated in the vascular tissue, which is a type of the circulation of the blood to an individual, and the hiding of the vascular network, and so it is, in essence, the palm of the hungry,” said Brian Bahder, a University of Florida scientist is leading the state in the fight against the deadly skin.

Bahder, was hired in 2016 and will work specifically on a new disease, when it began to emerge that have previously worked in a California plant. He said that it was the first act of the fatal skin, in Florida, in 2006, in the vicinity of the daytona beach area, the distribution of the 31 provinces of 2018 and beyond study.

He added: “We are in the north side of Jacksonville and we have all of the reports in the Florida Keys, now is the lost and found, in 2006, the three states on the west coast, fast-forward a decade, and it’s pretty wide-spread in the state.”

As part of their research, to Bahder, the team owners, samples of dying trees, together with an application form with the details of the tree. Ericka Helmick, another scientist at the University of Florida, said: “there are many things that residents need to watch out for.


“We have some of these symptoms are bronzing of the lower leaf structure of the trees, and the loss of a spear, a leaf, a non-fruit-bearing trees, while the canopy does not look correct at them,” said Helmick.

Bahder, added: “There is a point where the entire canopy is brown and dead, and I think that just about everyone who’s aware of it.”

The disease is transmitted by green rice and a small treehopper bug, also known as “haplaxius crudus,” sometimes referred to as the American palm cixiid. The insect that carries the bacteria, and as soon as they are on the tree, and it’s only a matter of time before all of the leaves on the tree to dry up and fall off.

The disease is transmitted by the haplaxius crudus), a rice-sized treehopper bug, also known as the American palm cixiid.
(Elina Shirazi)

According to Bahder, as soon as a tree shows the symptoms and signs of the deadly skin, and they have about a two-to-three months, until they die.

“You’ll get a canopy that is completely brown and dead, the leaves are falling, and there’s also a bit like a sort of pencil lead sticking out of the ground,” he said.

Bahder said, if the tree is sick, there is no chance of recovery. All they can do is to give the healthy trees, of an antibiotic injection as a precautionary measure.
(Elina Shirazi)

As soon as the tree is sick, there is no chance that they will recover. All of the Bahder, the team is able to do, is to give the healthy trees, of an antibiotic injection as a precautionary measure.

“We have to drill a hole in the trunk with an electric drill. Using the same protocol for the taking of a sample to be tested, and, in principle, up to a syringe with an antibiotic and inject it into the palm, and now for the preventive treatment, it is recommended that in order to do that, each quarter, for an indefinite period of time. It can be expensive in the long term. So that’s why we want to be as a curative treatment, so that we will be able to eliminate the need for continued treatment of them with antibiotics,” Bahder said.

The researchers say deadly skin probably originated in Mexico. Now, it has been found in parts of Texas and in the Caribbean region, and experts fear it will spread into Arizona and California.

“Now that the disease is here, and it’s going to have to start spreading more and more, and as it gets further to the south, where you will have a higher density and diversity of the palm tree, it’s going to get worse and worse in South Florida than in the historical” now that we are fairly confident in what the insect is transferred to the next two phases of this, actually, to try to solve the problem,” Bahder will be explained.

The researchers say deadly skin probably originated in Mexico. The disease is also found in parts of Texas and in the Caribbean. There is also a concern, it will expand to Arizona and California.
(Elina Shirazi)

Bahder and his team are developing a long-term cure for the infection on the palms, but they are estimating it will be between one and three years before they are healed.

In addition to working on preventive measures, and a course of antibiotics, Bahder, the team’s approach to the bug problem, the management of their people.

The researcher hopes that his work will contribute to the preservation of the state’s “postcard” landscapes of the middle ages. “It’s kind of ugly in your landscape to make all of these dead trees. It can drastically change the way we see in this natural environment,” Bahder said.


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