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Disease Threatens Florida Citrus Crop

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Greening, a bacterial disease spread by insects, is becoming a growing threat to Florida’s citrus crop.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that, since 2005, the disease has claimed millions of citrus plants in Texas and Florida. University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found that the disease has cost the state $3.63 billion since 2006.

Florida is currently under quarantine for the disease to prevent its spread that is caused by the tiny Asian citrus psyllid, which is not native to the state. Infected fruit become unusually green, oddly shaped and bitter to the taste, according to the Journal.

Growers who discover the disease are asked to contact the Florida Department of Agriculture.

 

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