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Green Blog: Blight Threatens California's Citrus Trees: A pest-borne disease with no known cure has been reporte...

Green Blog: Blight Threatens California's Citrus Trees: A pest-borne disease with no known cure has been reporte...

University of Florida An Asian citrus psyllid feeding on liquid inside a citrus tree. In a worrisome development for citrus growers in California, or anybody there who has a beloved lemon or orange tree in the yard, the citrus disease huanglongbing , or citrus greening, has been found in southeastern Los Angeles County, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reports . It’s the first time the disease, one of the most serious scourges of citrus, has been reported in the state. “It’s a gut shot,” Joel Nelsen, president of industry group California Citrus Mutual , said in a telephone interview. “We’ve been looking for this, and unfortunately we’ve found it.” University of Florida Citrus greening causes yellow mottling on the leaves of citrus trees. The disease is caused by a bacterium that is thought to have originated in China and is spread by the Asian citrus psyl...

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