Al Jazeera English – Beetle infestation threatens Johannesburg’s forests

Beetle infestation threatens Johannesburg’s forests

“Johannesburg is home to one of the world’s largest urban forests, but it’s come under threat from a tiny beetle.
About 200 species of trees – many of them indigenous to South Africa – are afflicted with the pest and the fungus it carries. As scientists desperately look for a solution, many of the city’s trees are dying and experts are concerned the infestation could move from the forest to croplands next.”

 

Fahmida Miller
2018-09-01
Al Jazeera English

southcoastherald.co.za – New app will help fight borer threat

New app will help fight borer threat

“The polyphagous shot hole borer is difficult to control if experts don’t know where it is. Tree Survey has developed a mobile app that allows PSHB infestations to be reported. With ‘two pics and a click’, gardeners and nature lovers can help combat a serious threat facing the trees of South Africa.”

Judi Davis
2018-08-18
southcoastherald.co.za

Associated Press – One of world’s top urban forests threatened by tiny beetle

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“One of the world’s largest urban forests is under threat from the polyphagous shot hole borer beetle which is thought to have made its way from Southeast Asia on packing crates or through the movement of plant materials. Many of the city’s estimated 6 to 10 million tress are dying and no one has found a way to combat the pest.”

Neil Shaw
2018-08-16
Associated Press

rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za – Craigpark community updated on the shothole borer

Craigpark community updated on the shothole borer

“ROSEBANK – The shothole borer beetle is a threat to the city’s tree’s and residents recently attended a talk on the problem.”

“When spring arrives, I believe that the beetles will become active again. With a possible treatment available we must identify timeously so we can try and get to the borer before it inflicts too much damage to the trees.”

Pieter Dempsey
2018-07-23
rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za