Cornell Scientists Find Natural Fungi That Kill Invasive Spotted Lanternfly

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BINGHAMTON, NY (WSKG) – Cornell scientists have identified two naturally occurring fungi that kill the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species. 

Photo by Courtesty Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The spotted lanternfly eats away at the bark of trees. It’s a threat to some commercial crops that are big in New York like grapes and apples.

Laternflies have been found in a few New York counties but is not at a dangerous level. The Cornell scientists hope their research will find a way to control them before that happens.

They are working with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State.