Citrus industry fights for survival - The Packer

Citrus industry fights for survival

02/26/2014 02:53:00 PM
Tom Karst

For now, Stover said Florida citrus growers are pretty much committed to living with the disease. Growers are looking for new ways to combat psyllids and develop resistant trees, he said.

California has psyllids in Los Angeles and other areas of Southern California, but not in major citrus areas. Only one HLB-infected tree has been detected so far. The focus in California is psyllid-monitoring and management, communicating with citizens, and diagnostics for early detection. Stover said Texas has widespread psyllids but only three groves have HLB. Texas has similar goals as California in psyllid biocontrol in residential areas. Arizona had a few psyllid finds that were controlled, Stover said.

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