Pest/Pathogen of the Month: January
Scientific name: Euwallaceae fornicatus
Common name: Polyphagous Shothole Borer
The Polyphagous Shothole Borer (PHSB) was discovered for the first time in South Africa by the FABI team in 2017. Since then, this beetle and its fungus have been found killing trees in all provinces in South Africa, except Mpumalanga. It attacks agricultural and forestry crops, street and garden trees, as well as several native tree species.