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Insect that causes deadly disease attacks Florida palm trees

Protecting Paradise
Posted at 3:36 PM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 06:45:56-04

Florida's palm trees are under attack from a deadly disease that dries them out.

Researchers took pictures while studying the bacteria that causes this lethal bronzing, and the rice-sized insect that spreads it.

The disease was discovered in Florida in 2006.

It went from small infestation on Florida's Gulf Coast in 2008, to a statewide problem in a decade.

These pictures were taken three months apart.

First, the bacteria goes after the older leaves, and then the younger leaves are infected.