eNCA – Borer beetle kills thousands of trees

Borer beetle kills thousands of trees

Experts are concerned at the ongoing spread of an invasive beetle that has been killing thousands of trees.

The tiny beetle from Asia has been spotted in eight provinces in South Africa – with no solution to control it as yet.

The most recent sighting of the invasive Shot Hole Borer beetle was in Somerset West – a first in the City of Cape Town area.

Last month the City of Johannesburg cut down around 40 highly-infested trees in Craighall Park.

Janke Tolmay has the details. Courtesy #DStv403

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2019-04-14
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rnews.co.za – ‘Shot hole borer not yet detected in Overstrand Municipality’

‘Shot hole borer not yet detected in Overstrand Municipality’

Hermanus – The Overstrand Municipality has appealed to Overstrand gardeners to watch out for the shot hole borers in trees.

“The polyphagous shot hole borer or PSHB (Euwallacea fornicates), a tiny Asian beetle about the size of a sesame seed, has invaded, damaged and killed thousands of trees across the country,” described the municipality’s Riana Steenkamp.

“Although the shot hole borer has not been detected in Overstrand yet, the highly-invasive, tree-killing shot hole borer beetle has been found and confirmed in Somerset West.

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2019-04-12
rnews.co.za

 

‘Shot hole borer not yet detected in Overstrand Municipality’

 

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2019-04-11
overstrand.gov.za

nari.co.za – An invasive borer beetle that kills trees has been discovered at Somerset West. The Shot Hole Borer…

An invasive borer beetle that kills trees has been discovered at Somerset West. The Shot Hole Borer…

The Shot Hole Borer beetle has already led to the felling of hundreds of trees in Sandton, George and Knysna. Professor Francois Roets from the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University, says the tiny bug carries a fungus that leads to the demise of many tree species, such as Oak, Liquid Amber

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2019-04-10
SABC News Western Cape
nari.co.za

rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za – Residents address the Greenside issues

Residents address the Greenside issues

GREENSIDE – Residents of Greenside took the opportunity to raise and address their concerns by attending the AGM.

Julian Ortlepp from Treeworks spoke about the ‘greening’ initiative and taught about the shot-hole-borer beetle that is currently attacking and killing trees. He advised people with potential host trees such as English oaks and plane trees to rather start preventing by sanitising the areas where they are planted and also to remove infected trees while planting more trees to replace them; preferably non-potential host trees (with permission from the City).

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2019-04-09
Naidine Sibanda
rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za

timeslive.co.za – Beware of the beetle! Tiny, but deadly, insect is wiping out SA trees

Beware of the beetle! Tiny, but deadly, insect is wiping out SA trees

A beetle which carries a fungus that rapidly kills trees – thousands of oak and maple trees in Johannesburg, George, Knysna, Durban and Pietermaritzburg have already been wiped out – has now invaded Somerset West, the City of Cape Town warned on Tuesday.

The city said that the destructive polyphagous shot hole borer (PSBH) beetle had infested a “limited number” of London plane and sweetgum trees in Somerset West, about 45km away.

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2019-04-09
Claire Keeton
timeslive.co.za

capetown.gov.za – Destructive shot hole borer beetle sighted in Somerset West

Destructive shot hole borer beetle sighted in Somerset West

“The City of Cape Town can confirm that the invasive polyphagous shot hole Borer beetle (PSHB) has been sighted in Somerset West. The City is in the process of appointing an experienced invasive plant removal team to remove the infected trees.”

“The PSBH infestation was discovered in Oldenland Road in Somerset West by passionate gardeners and environmentalists who noted that a London plane tree in their garden was ailing and exhibited signs of a PSHB beetle invasion.”

“The City’s Invasive Species Unit was contacted last month and a student with a Master’s of Science degree (MSc) from Stellenbosch University who is currently working on the PSHB beetle for his thesis, collected samples from the infested sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) and London plane trees in Oldenland Road for laboratory analyses.”

“On 3 April 2019 after extensive DNA testing the results of the positive PSHB identification were released in a statement by academic experts from the Stellenbosch University’s Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology and the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria.”

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City of Cape Town, Media Office
2019-04-09
capetown.gov.za

thesouthafrican.com – Shothole country: Dangerous tree-killing, avo-destroying beetle found in the Cape

Shothole country: Dangerous tree-killing, avo-destroying beetle found in the Cape

The “Polyphagous Shothole Borer” (PSHB) has been discovered in Somerset West, just outside of Cape Town: Protect our avocados at all costs!

Several academic researchers have been able to confirm this week that the “Polyphagous Shothole Borer” (PSHB) beetle has made its presence felt in the Western Cape. The troublesome-yet-tiny insect has already infested
Liquid Amber and London Plane trees in Somerset West, around 30km outside of Cape Town.

It’s bad news for the plant life in the region, as these tenacious little terrors have already attacked 80 different species of trees across the country. Their arrival in the Cape will not be widely welcomed, as they are notorious for causing the death of the trees they live in. They also have an unhealthy appetite for one of SA’s favourite foods…

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2019-04-08
Tom Head
thesouthafrican.com