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Dogs trained to sniff out tree fungus could help avocado industry

The deadly Raffaelea lauricola fungus is spread by invasive redbay ambrosia beetles to trees in the laurel family, which includes avocado, and one Belgian Malinois and two Dutch shepherds have been trained to detect the fungus' scent before trees show signs of laurel wilt. Diseased trees can be saved if treated early, and the study findings, published in HortTechnology, could prevent costly losses in the avocado industry.

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