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UCR and Riverside firm scramble to stop invasive weevil from decapitating Southern California’s iconic palm trees

By in Press Enterprise on November 4, 2017

By David Downey

  • Mark Hoddle, an entomologist at University of California Riverside, is one of the principal players in the fight against The South American palm weevil, Thursday, November 2, 2017. The beetle is wreaking havoc on palm trees in San Diego County and threatening to blaze a destructive trail northward into Riverside and other counties. The bug is creating quite a scare, as the survival of Southern CaliforniaÕs iconic palms could be at stake. UC Riverside and a Riverside biotech company have teamed up to open up an attack against the bug deploying an environmentally friendly pest control. (John Valenzuela/Press Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Mark Hoddle, an entomologist at University of California Riverside, is one of the principal players in the fight against The South American palm weevil, Thursday, November 2, 2017. The beetle is wreaking havoc on palm trees in San Diego County and threatening to blaze a destructive trail northward into Riverside and other counties. The bug is creating quite a scare, as the survival of Southern CaliforniaÕs iconic palms could be at stake. UC Riverside and a Riverside biotech company have teamed up to open up an attack against the bug deploying an environmentally friendly pest control. (John Valenzuela/Press Enterprise/SCNG)

    Mark Hoddle, an entomologist at University of California Riverside, is one of the principal players in the fight against The South American palm weevil, Thursday, November 2, 2017. The beetle is wreaking havoc on palm trees in San Diego County and threatening to blaze a destructive trail northward into Riverside and other counties. The bug is creating quite a scare, as the survival of Southern CaliforniaÕs iconic palms could be at stake. UC Riverside and a Riverside biotech company have teamed up to open up an attack against the bug deploying an environmentally […]    

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