You are reading it right. There’s a new deadly plant disease which has been discovered recently in North Bay. The focus of this new disease has started in North Bay, when a giant egg mass of the insect known as glassy-winged sharpshooter was found in Napa County. This pest can be quite harmful for plants, that’s why it’s considered a pretty dangerous disease which can completely ruin the plants and ecosystem in any given location. Fortunately the egg mass has been destroyed promptly, and this is pretty good, because this disease could have caused a lot of damage to North Bay.
This potentially-dangerous egg mass was discover exactly on March 7. Where? It was found in a tree shipment whose origin was Orange County. The point here is that the glassy-winged sharpshooter has been in that zone since 1990 approximately.
But how was the egg mass detected? It was thanks to Napa County officials, who informed agricultural officials promptly. They informed many agricultural officials and inspectors in many counties about the issue. And inspectors located at Sonoma County also found an egg mass on a tree which was shipped from Orange County. Thanks to this rapid action a disaster was avoided.
Even though this pest can be kind of new to North Bay, this is a pest which affects many counties in the south of the USA. And this has been confirmed by reputable institutions like the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, who have agreed on the fact that this disease has become common in the south.
Apart of the fast and effective agricultural officials’ work, this disease was detected thanks to surveillance program, whose unique goal was to detect the glassy-winged sharpshooter. Because according to recent studies and informs, this disease is quickly spreading to other locations in the USA. Now let’s check what an expert on the topic said about this disease.
According to Humberto Izquierdo, Napa County Assistant Agricultural Commission, this disease can be quite damaging because it’s pretty fast in terms of expansion. According to his words all it takes to spread this disease is the unfortunate introduction to form a full population of glassy-winged sharpshooter.
The good thing is that this threat was considered as viable because it was found solely in a tree shipment, and the fact that it was detected pretty quickly helps a lot. Because if this disease remains undetected, then it can quickly grow and infect a full location. Because as we have seen before, according to Humberto Izquierdo’s words, it’s pretty easy for the glassy-winged sharpshooter to expand and form a full population. So by the moment we can rest easy, but we should not forget that this disease is quickly spreading, so we should remain aware in order to detect other infected shipments.
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