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Public Meeting on Tree-Killing Beetle July 16, 2014

Public Meeting on Tree-Killing Beetle July 16, 2014

 PUBLIC MEETING ON PESKY TREE-KILLING BEETLE JULY 16, 2014 

PASADENA, Calif.—The City’s Urban Forestry Advisory Committee (UFAC) will host a special meeting on July 16, 2014 on the tree-killing Polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) beetle that has been identified on public and private trees within the City of Pasadena. 

The insect attacks a variety of tree species by boring into the wood of a tree and depositing a fungus known as Fusarium, which can eventually kill the host tree.  The Department of Public Works has been in communication with plant pathologists and scientists who are researching this insect and its impact on trees.   

Representatives from the University of California Riverside Center for Invasive Species Research and The Huntington Botanical Gardens will present current research on PSHB and best management practices for removal and disposal of PSHB.  

The UFAC meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the City’s Public Works City Yards Building, 233 West Mountain Street, Room 210.  All members of the community are encouraged to attend. 

Additional information about the Fusarium disease and the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer can be found at http://eskalenlab.ucr.edu/handouts/homeownerhandout.pdf and https://cisr.ucr.edu/polyphagous_shot_hole_borer.html. 

Or call the Parks & Natural Resources Division at (626) 744-7311. 

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Posted: 7/15/2014 04:00:00 PM