Red Band Needle Blight (RBNB)
Symptoms of the Red Band Needle Blight:
Red Band Needle Blight Infected needles develop yellow/tan spots and bands, which turn red
Infected needles become lost
Fungus is the main issue which causes serious problems
About Red Band Needle Blight:
Dothistroma Needle Blight is also known as RBNB because of the colourful symptoms it shows on pine. The pest causes premature needle defoliation this means a loss of yield and in severe cases; tree death. Up until the 1990’s, the disease was primarily a concern in the Southern Hemisphere but now it is a concern all over the world. Since the late 1990’s, this pest has been found in many forests which grow susceptible pine species that are unfortunately all being affected.