30 Sep

Olive pest in Southern California

By Dan Bryant,

Olive psyllid, a serious pest of olives in Mediterranean locales, has been identified on landscape olive trees in Southern California and may pose a threat to the state’s olive industry, according to a University of California, Riverside research entomologist.

“Psyllids are some of the most fecund insects I have worked with,” he said. “Females can each lay more than 1,000 eggs and become a pest in the spring when olive shoots start to appear.”

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