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How dogs could save the avocado industry

How dogs could save the avocado industry

Dogs have been trained to sniff out a devastating avocado tree disease before it becomes fatal – and they are really, really good at it. We all know that dogs are humankind's best friend ... and that was before we knew they might save avocado toast. Here's how disease-sniffing canines might rescue a threatened avocado industry. In 2002, the pesky redbay ambrosia beetle was found in Savannah, Georgia's Port Wentworth – the invasive species likely hitched a ride from Asia in untreated wooden packing material. Unfortunately, the ambrosia beetle does not bring the food of the gods with it, but rather, brings a fungus, Raffaelea lauricola , that causes mayhem for laurel trees. Known as laurel wilt disease, it has caused the death of more than 300 million laurel trees in the United States alone. Guess what family the avocado tree is in? Yes, the laurel gang. A few years after th...

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