Insects and Diseases: Important Problems of Florida's Forest and Shade Tree Resources
EDWARD L. BARNARD, Pathologist, Florida Forest Service
WAYNE N. DIXON, Entomologist, Florida Forest Service
Bulletin No. 196-A | Printed October, 1983 | Contact the Forest Health Section
Trees in Florida are of inestimable value as aesthetic, environmental, and economic resources. Each year untold numbers of trees throughout the state are damaged or killed by destructive insects and diseases. If values could be accurately placed on trees destroyed, annual statewide losses would easily reach into the tens of millions of dollars.
This book is designed to introduce the reader to the more common and important insects and diseases as well as certain other problems affecting the predominant species of trees native to northern and central Florida. While some of the material covered in this volume is applicable to trees in southern Florida, logistical and budgetary constraints have precluded an "all inclusive" edition. Many of the important insects pests affecting southern Florida's unique forest and arboricultural resources are treated in a companion volume entitled Pests and Problems of South Florida Trees and Palms by Charles W. Chellman.
It is our hope that this volume will provide a useful reference for homeowners, foresters, arboriculturalists, landscapers and others interested in trees. It is also our hope that the reader will apply the principles and concepts presented herein for preventing or controlling losses to insects and diseases affecting Florida's forest and shade tree resources.
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