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How dogs, drones and needles might save South Dade’s avocado trees

John Mills, owner of Innovative Detection Concepts, and trainer Lourdes Edlin of Action Pack Performing Dogs, use their dogs Cobra, front, and Vinnie to sniff out the laurel wilt fungus and locate infected avocado trees. The dogs were being trained at the University of Florida Tropical Research and Education CenterRead More

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Ambrosia beetles wreak havoc on avocado trees in South Dade

Ambrosia beetles are spreading laurel wilt, a fungal virus, which is responsible for killing more than 12,000 commercial avocado trees in South Florida since 2012. Miami Herald, Pedro Portal / pportal@elnuevoherald.com, Jul 29, 2016

Dogs, drones help detect fungus on avocado groves

Dogs and drones are working together to stop a fast-spreading fungus that could take over South Florida’s avocado groves. Local10.com, Aug 7, 2015

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FIU uses dogs, drones to battle deadly avocado fungus

Florida’s avocado groves are under attack Fox News, July 2, 2015

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IDC Assists National Tropical Botanical Garden

iDC assisted the Kampong Garden, part of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, in detecting Laurel Wilt. The dog team, developed by FIU, can sniff out the pathogenic fungus and locate infected trees. The detection is then confirmed by molecular tests at FIU’s Forensic Laboratory. National Tropical Botanical Garden is dedicatedRead More

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Drones and dogs deployed in battle to save the guacamole

Drones and dogs deployed in battle to save the guacamole Associated Press, April 28, 2015

Drones, dogs used to protect avocado from disease

Drones, dogs used to protect avocado from disease CBS This Morning, May 5, 2015

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How drones are saving Florida’s avocado trees

How drones are saving Florida’s avocado trees MSNBC The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart, May 7, 2015