- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A rare plant disease that disappeared nearly half a century ago is back in South Florida.

The Miami Herald reports Saturday (https://hrld.us/1xiMSnc ) that the Sugarcane Mosaic Virus first appeared on sugarcane in the 1960s. Growers developed resistant sugarcane, and the virus mostly disappeared.

Then it began to make a resurgence in 2013, killing the popular Floratam St. Augustine grass. Floridians in more than 150 homes in the Boynton Beach area have seen their grass dry up and die since then. Experts say it’s usually transmitted by lawn equipment, and no chemical treatment is available. They are trying to determine how many South Floridians are affected. No chemical treatments exist. Residents should notify the University of Florida’s plant diagnostic center.

On the Web-

UF plant diagnostic center: https://plantpath.ifas.ufl.edu/clinic/index.shtml


Information from: The Miami Herald, https://www.herald.com

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