The Ohio Department of Agriculture last week announced more detections of the walnut twig beetle in Butler County in southwest Ohio. The insect carries a fungus that causes deadly, incurable thousand cankers disease (TCD) in walnut trees, although at this point the disease itself hasn’t been found in the county.
The beetles were found in traps set by department officials near walnut trees in Butler County, officials said. Beetles were found in nine of 26 traps. This is the second time walnut twig beetles have been detected in Butler County. In late 2012 the beetles were found in traps set by Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry officials near a wood processing business. ODA officials have quarantined walnut products that have the potential to spread the pest from leaving the site of discovery, the agency said.
The following experts in Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences can offer insight on the fungus and its implications:
* Nancy Taylor is program director of the C.… Continue readingRead More »