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Old 04-19-2017, 08:36 AM
Lreynolds Lreynolds is offline
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Default Please don't spread the roseau-killing scale

I'm sure most of you have heard of the exotic pest that has killed large areas of roseau cane in the MS River delta area:

I was forwarded the following letter regarding rumblings about people moving this pest to address roseau control in SW LA:

Dear XXX,

There is an exotic scale attacking roseau cane in Plaquemines Parish. From phone calls and duck hunting blogs, I understand hunters are bouncing the idea of moving plants infested from Venice to duck leases in Southwest Louisiana. The LSU AgCenter will not recommend such action; basically, we don?t know if this scale attacks only roseau cane. This population of the scale could be a pest of crops including sugarcane, rice, sorghum, and other wetland grasses. We will be conducting trials to see what other grass species at risk from this exotic scale.

Can you please distribute this message among your constituents?


Rodrigo Diaz, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Entomology
Louisiana State University
402 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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