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Deadly plant disease threatens California citrus


Last updated 5/3/2018 at 11:27am

California Citrus Threat

Huanglongbing causes uneven yellowing in citrus tree leaves because nutrients are being restricted.

TEMECULA – A fatal plant disease – huanglongbing – has been found in California, and without support from California residents, it could be a death sentence to California's backyard and commercial citrus trees.

While huanglongbing is not harmful to humans, there is no cure, and once a citrus tree is infected, it will die. The disease has decimated Florida citrus, and now that it is here, California's beloved citrus trees are also at risk.

The disease is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, which can be found throughout California – the number one fresh citrus fruit...

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