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Alien fungus found on shipment from Philippines

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 10:22 a.m. HST, Aug 21, 2013



Federal agents confiscated and destroyed a plant-pathogenic fungus found on brooms made from palms and being imported from the Philippines.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists on Aug. 9 intercepted a plant-pathogenic fungus on a handicraft made of native palm parts while examining a cargo container from the Philippines. The fungus was discovered in a shipment of “native brooms” made from Cocos nucifera sp., a palm species.  

The discovery of an unidentified fungus and two other plant disease symptoms in the shipment prompted federal authorities to reload and seal the container until positive identification could be made. 

This was the first time the fungus was intercepted in the U.S.

Specimens were submitted to the U.S. Animal Plant Health Inspection Service in Honolulu. 

The fungus was identified as Guignardia cocogena (Cooke), which is not known to occur in the United States, and is the first time Guignardia on a palm has been identified.

To prevent the possibility of a new plant disease becoming established in Hawaii and the U.S., the shipment was destroyed by steam sterilization. 

Hilda Montoya, assistant port director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Honolulu, said: “This is once again an example of the great work our agriculture specialists do in cargo protecting domestic agriculture industry from pests and diseases. This is one of the top priorities in our mission to protect the homeland and our economic security.”






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juscasting wrote:
The "Men in Black" are Back in action protecting our planet from dangerous Alien invaders!
on August 21,2013 | 10:33AM
palani wrote:
I'm offended! The politically correct term is "undocumented" fungus.
on August 21,2013 | 10:42AM
tasod wrote:
Interesting PR campaign to keep their funding and to ask for more. Why didn't they stop freaking loud frog in Hilo?
on August 21,2013 | 11:13AM
Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Kudos. Good job.
on August 21,2013 | 11:39AM
ehowzit wrote:
GOOD JOB!! GREAT WORK!!
on August 21,2013 | 01:11PM
alohacharlie wrote:
and the government wants to cut back on their funding! Only in Hawaii.
on August 21,2013 | 01:42PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
There is a fungus amongus.
on August 21,2013 | 04:21PM
miss_laulau wrote:
LOL
on August 22,2013 | 04:47AM
Bothrops wrote:
Good stop. We don't need something killing our coconut palms
on August 21,2013 | 05:19PM
312guy wrote:
IRT tasod- because those are Puerto Rican Frogs - they can travel in and out of Puerto Rico without a passport lol
on August 21,2013 | 05:37PM
mikethenovice wrote:
Spicy!
on August 22,2013 | 06:43AM
SteveToo wrote:
Cocos nucifera sp., a palm species. Wow, but does the "staff" writer have any idea that this "palm species" is more commonly known as the COCONUT?
on August 21,2013 | 09:06PM
Slow wrote:
IRT SteveToo: thank you for my first laugh of the morning. I have stuck with the SA online for a year since moving to the island of Hawaii. I thought Civil Beat was too pricey but i will not be renewing SA. Poorly written articles, no investigative reporting and a daily regurgitation of the police blotter.
on August 22,2013 | 06:50AM
mikethenovice wrote:
Hiding drugs in the mushroom?
on August 22,2013 | 06:42AM
mikethenovice wrote:
The homeless have live growing fungus on them.
on August 22,2013 | 06:44AM
Slow wrote:
Our local Tea Party tea spout, Michael W. Limbaugh, I mean Perry, once pontificated,"Does anyone really think that any government agency could not be trimmed by 20% and operate just as well?" First we should cut the agencies that try to stop invasive species, right Mike?
on August 22,2013 | 06:55AM
lokela wrote:
Good catch.
on August 22,2013 | 06:59AM
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