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By Assemblymember Marie Waldron
Special to Valley News 

Help the local citrus economy


Last updated 7/5/2018 at 5:27pm

California’s fresh-market citrus producers are working hard to prevent being affected by a disease called huanglongbing or citrus greening disease. The disease, for which there is no known cure, is spread by an invasive pest known as the Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-sized insect that first appeared in the state in 2008.

Since the region is a high producer of citrus, this disease is a concern for growers and the local economy. Disease symptoms include asymmetrical yellow mottling on leaves and hard fruit that is bitter and doesn’t ripen, along with excessive fruit drop. The disease...

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