PSHB Videos

The following videos provide useful information about the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) beetle:

Tree Survey – Mobile App to report PSHB infestation

Published on 21 Sep 2018

It’s a Friday and time for our weekly tech feature called Techbase.
And tonight we’re speaking to the developer of the mobile app that allows people to report infestations of the tiny beetle that is killing South African trees. Earlier we spoke to an academic involved in efforts to deal with the Polyphagous shot hole borer. It bores holes into tree trunks and then spreads a fungus it carries which cuts off the system that transports water and nutrients. It is impossible to tell how many trees have already died or will. The app is called “Tree Survey”, and the developer is Hilton Fryer.

Beetle that kills SA trees: Prof. Wilhelm de Beer

Published on 11 Sep 2018

A tiny beetle is killing trees in South Africa. And fear is rising that Johannesburg’s massive manmade forest could be decimated.
The little beetle has a long name – the polyphagous shot hole borer.
It bores holes into tree trunks and then spreads a fungus it carries which cuts off the system that transports water and nutrients.
And the trees die. It has already reportedly infested large parts of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs as well as the West Rand and Bedfordview. And the government in the Northern Cape is concerned about the destruction of pecan nut trees.

To discuss we’re joined by Associate Professor in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, Wilhelm de Beer.

A beetle that threatens trees: Wilhelm de Beer

Published on 7 Sep 2018

A tiny beetle is killing trees in South Africa. And fear is rising that Johannesburg’s massive manmade forest could be decimated.
The little beetle has a long name – the polyphagous shot hole borer.
It bores holes into tree trunks and then spreads a fungus it carries which cuts off the system that transports water and nutrients.
And the trees died. It has already reportedly infested large parts of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs as well as the WestRand and Bedfordview. And the government in the Northern Cape is concerned about the destruction of pecan nut trees. To discuss we’re joined by Associate Professor in Microbiology at the University of Pretoria, Wilhelm de Beer, from our studio in Pretoria.

Trees are being killed in South Africa by a small beetle

Published on 6 Sep 2018

Big trees across South Africa are being killed by a beetle no bigger than
a peppercorn. The polyphagous shot hole borer, native to Southeast Asia
has landed in South Africa and is causing havoc.

It is yet unknown how the beetle ended up in South Africa – however
one thing is clear – they are reproducing at an alarming rate.

We are now chatting to Professor Marcus Byrne, an Ig Nobel prize winner
and entomologist at the University of Witwatersrand to find out more

 

Beetle infestation threatens Johannesburg’s forests | Al Jazeera English

Published on 1 Sep 2018

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.
Al Jazeera’s Fahmida Miller reports from Johannesburg.

Shot Hole Borer in South Africa – PSHB

Published on 30 Aug 2018

 

Whiteboard video explaining the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) crisis in South Africa. Visit www.PSHB.co.za for info. Thanks to the Quick2draw.co.uk team for creating the video.

Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer ID

Published on 18 Aug 2014

Learn how to identify the invasive Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer in this fast paced video field guide.