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CITRUS GREENING DISEASE FOUND IN TEXAS

San Juan, TX

Texas agricultural officials have found an orange tree infected with the tree-killing Citrus Greening Disease. This is the first confirmed discovery of the deadly tree disease, which has already been confirmed to have infected trees in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

Citrus Greening Disease was initially discovered in Florida in 2006 and is spread by an aphid-like insect called the Asian Citrus Psyllid. At this time there is no cure for Citrus Greening Disease. Once infected the citrus tree will slowly turn yellow and die. Fruit from infected citrus trees may not ripen, or the fruit may be sour or misshapen.

 


Citrus production brings about $140 million annually to the Texas economy. Texas ranks second in the United States in the production of grapefruit and third in orange production.

In an interesting development to our knowledge of Citrus Greening Disease, researchers have recently discovered a second way the insect picks up the disease. It was previously believed the psyllid could only become a carrier of the disease by feeding on an infected citrus tree. It’s now been shown an infected psyllid can transmit the disease to another psyllid during mating. This is the first known instance of a disease being transmitted from one insect to another insect.

Dr. Juan Anciso from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service recommends homeowners with citrus trees have them sprayed to reduce the Asian Citrus Psyllid population. Homeowners can spray their own trees or contact an arborist or tree service to spray their citrus trees.

CITRUS TREE REMOVAL TARGETS DISEASE SPREADING BUG

San Juan, TX

Five grapefruit trees and nine orange trees were cut down and burned in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Citrus Greening Disease. The tree disease is spread by an aphid-like insect known as the Asian Citrus Psyllid. Initially discovered in Florida in 2006, Citrus Greening Disease made its first appearance in Texas early in 2012.

Texas state officials initiated a tree spraying program immediately following the confirmation of Citrus Greening Disease in a commercial orchard. The tree spraying included trees in the commercial grove and in nearby residential areas. The aim of the tree spraying program was to reduce the number of Asian Citrus Psyllid insects, which have the potential to spread Citrus Greening Disease.

Currently, no disease control treatments have been developed to save citrus trees once they are infected with Citrus Greening Disease. Spraying citrus trees can help by reducing the feeding of Asian Citrus Psyllid insects. Texas agricultural officials will continue to monitor citrus trees in the area for any additional signs of Citrus Greening Disease.

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