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  • The problem expands for avocado growers: 9 beetle species carry deadly fungus

    Many people love their avocados – not to mention guacamole dip. So it was bad enough when scientists said a beetle was ravaging avocado trees in South Florida. Then scientists found out that the redbay ambrosia beetle — originally determined to transmit laurel wilt — is rare in avocado groves but that six other beetle species could carry the laurel wilt pathogen. That’s ...

  • Repellant could keep dangerous beetles away from avocado trees

    Using some pleasant-smelling chemicals, avocado growers may soon be able to repel beetles that inject a potentially deadly fungus into their trees, saving fruit and money, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers say. When they’re infected with the laurel wilt fungus, redbay trees – a close cousin to the avocado — emit methyl salicylate to ...

  • Ecological thermal weed-killing system with hot foam

    The “Schiumone”  (Big Foam)  is an  ecological thermal weed-killing machine for vineyards and tree crops in general, able to produce hot foam and distribute it a targeted way under the rows of the trees. When the temperature of the vegetable fiber exceeds 60° occurs the collapse of the proteins and within a few days the drying of the same. Since the foam has an ...

  • Cardinal Equipment Expands Morbark Territory, Adds Tree Care Product Line

    Morbark, LLC, is pleased to announce the territory and product line expansion of Cardinal Equipment, Inc. Cardinal, previously a Morbark industrial equipment dealer and distributor for the Boxer line of compact utility loaders, will now offer Morbark Tree Care Products in Ontario, Canada, south of the 46th parallel. Cardinal opened a new location in Port Perry, Ontario, to help facilitate this ...


  • Vineland Researchers Developing Improved Propagation Trays

    A good start in life can go a long way in ensuring good health in the future. That’s just as true for tree as it is for people. And Vineland Research and Innovation Centre scientist Darby McGrath is leading a team to make sure young trees get off to the very best start in life they can. McGrath and her team are working on new propagation trays that they say improve root structure and ...

  • Vermeer Corporation Names Jason Andringa as President and CEO

    Effective Nov. 1, 2015, Jason Andringa will serve as the company’s President and CEO. This announcement was first made in August 2014, as part of the company’s family succession planning process. “I’m excited, honored and humbled to have the opportunity to continue my family’s legacy of leadership at Vermeer into the third generation,” said Jason Andringa. ...


    By Vermeer

  • Morbark Expands Worldwide Network for Tree Care Products and Boxer Equipment

    Morbark, Inc., continues to expand its dealer and distributor network domestically and internationally for its tree care products as well as the Boxer® line of compact utility loaders. The most recent additions to the Morbark dealer network are as follows: Bobcat of New Castle, in New Castle County, Delaware Growers Equipment Co., with three locations covering Broward, Miami-Dade and ...


  • House passes bill to hasten timber projects in forests

    The House passed a bill Thursday designed to improve the health of national forests by scaling back the environmental reviews that go into some timbering projects and discouraging lawsuits that delay projects. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and underbrush removal that the U.S. Forest Service deems necessary to improve the health of national forests, which are taking a hit from drought, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Best Line Equipment Becomes Morbark Tree Care Products, Boxer Equipment Dealer

    Morbark, Inc., a leading manufacturer of tree care, forestry, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract adding Best Line Equipment as the exclusive Morbark® tree care products dealer for the Philadelphia area as well as Western Pennsylvania. Best Line also becomes a Boxer® Equipment distributor; all North American Boxer distributors have ...


  • European trees planted in China to identify potentially invasive species in our forests

    Most of the exotic species which attack plants in Europe now come from Asia. INRA scientists, together with teams from the Academy of Sciences in Beijing and the Forestry University in Zhejiang have devised a new method for detecting potential invaders in their region of origin before they are introduced on another continent. European sentinel trees were planted in China for four years, and ...

  • Drones and Dogs Deployed In Battle to Save the Guacamole

    With the killers hiding in the trees, heat-sensing drones are launched into the air. When their whereabouts are narrowed, the dogs are sent in. When it comes to protecting the world's supply of guacamole, no weapon can be spared. On subtropical farmland in South Florida, researchers are doing battle with the deadly fungus, laurel wilt, which is spread by a tiny beetle and has the potential to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Trees in urban areas may improve mental health

    Doctors prescribe fewer antidepressants in urban areas with more trees on the street, according to recent UK research. The study examined the link between mental health and wellbeing and the presence of trees in London neighbourhoods. Its findings support the idea that maintaining a link to nature, even in an urban area, may help provide a healthy living environment. Natural features ...

  • EPA Settles with DuPont over Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws that Led to Widespread Tree Deaths and Damage

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with the E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). DuPont will pay a $1,853,000 penalty to resolve allegations that the company failed to submit reports to EPA about potential adverse effects of an herbicide product called ...

  • Canada puts oil exploitation before forests

    Detailed evidence that Canada’s vast natural areas are undergoing major changes because of climate change is produced in a new report by Natural Resources Canada. The government body describes problems with disappearing glaciers, sea level rise, melting permafrost and ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Older and larger trees enhance woodland bird biodiversity in cities

    Managing urban green spaces to ensure that they have a good mix of tree species, including some older and larger trees, can enhance species diversity of woodland birds, a new study has shown. The study, carried out in Prague, Czech Republic, also showed that the presence of water bodies increased the number of species of woodland birds. Urban green spaces provide numerous important ecosystem ...

  • Ash dieback in the UK: how will it affect the rest of the woodland ecosystem?

    Ash dieback in the UK is likely to lead to the extinction or decline of over 50 species which are reliant on or highly associated with this tree, including mosses, lichens and beetles, a new study suggests. The researchers recommend that the ash trees are not felled but left to die naturally and in time replaced with mixtures of species such as beech and sycamore which support similar woodland ...

  • Morbark Signs Bailey’s, Inc., as Tree Care Products, Boxer Equipment Dealer

    Morbark, Inc., a leading manufacturer of tree care, forestry, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract adding Bailey’s, Inc., as the exclusive Morbark® tree care products dealer for Northern California. Bailey’s also becomes a Boxer® Equipment distributor; all North American Boxer distributors have non-exclusive territories. ...


  • OSHA issues hazard bulletin to safeguard tree care workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a hazard bulletin about preventing worker fatalities from falls and falling objects in tree care work. "Too many tree care workers are being hurt or killed by well-known industry dangers that can be prevented if employers take the necessary precautions," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor ...

  • Vermeer Receives Consecutive NAEDA Dealer`s Choice Award

    Recently, the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) released its annual Dealer-Manufacturer Relations Survey and Dealer’s Choice Awards. For the second consecutive year, Vermeer Corporation was awarded “Dealer’s Choice” in the Ag/Shortline Manufacturer category. “Earning this recognition in back-to-back years is a great honor that reflects the ...


    By Vermeer

  • Morbark Signs Cubex, Ltd., as Tree Care Products Dealer

    Morbark, Inc., a leading manufacturer of tree care, forestry, sawmill, and wood recycling equipment, is pleased to announce it has signed a contract adding Cubex, Ltd., as the exclusive Morbark tree care products dealer for Manitoba, Quebec and portions of Ontario, Canada. Cubex will handle Morbark tree care sales for Ontario in and west of Thunder Bay. With more than 40 years of industry ...


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