Studying a weevil to save a tree

By Bethany Brookshire, 01:20 AM May 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES — “My sixth grade teacher gave all his students a Florida elm tree,” recalls Evan MacKay, now 17. “I planted mine. And watered it. And it grew. But around ninth grade I noticed there were insects all over my tree.” The bugs were the root weevil called Diaprepes abbreviatus. As they swarmed over his favorite tree, the teen panicked. “My mom and I sprayed the tree down with four different pesticides and none of them had any effect.” In desperation, Evan spent hours every day finding...

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