The Witness – The death of trees?

The Witness – The death of trees?

Indigenous and exotic trees in South Africa are dying by the thousands because of a tiny beetle that experts say is “impossible to eliminate”.

The beetle is only two millimetres in size and can be extremely difficult to spot.

The destructive polyphagous (able to feed on various kinds of foods) shot hole borer beetle has already infested thousands of trees and plants in the country and is expected to reach all corners of SA by 2022, killing off and damaging hundreds of species of trees. And while this happens, desperate calls to register chemicals to treat the trees have fallen on deaf ears.

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Chelsea Pieterse
The Witness

Shothole Borer

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