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Mauritius: The flamboyant trees threatened by a parasite insect




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The flamboyant of Mauritius beautifully colored the landscapes at end of the year and its long drooping branches protect them from the effects of a hot sun, men and animals.
 
The red tree Centennial increasingly less planted by the local population, is now threatened in its trunk by the presence of a parasitic insect, leafhoppers.
 
Premature yellowing foliage after the flowering summer, or more importantly, lack of leaves and flowers after the winter, botanists are concerned about the ravages of the leafhopper on the flamboyant trees of Mauritius.
 
In a few months, scientific research will initiate to establish precisely the progress of the spread of the parasite in the flora of Mauritius.



Fabrice François


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