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A tiny insect, the Asian citrus psyllid ACP is threatening citrus trees around the world, including orange, grapefruit, tangerine, kumquat, lime, lemon and other varieties of citrus. ACP has needle-sharp teeth that it uses to pierce plants and extract the juices. It prefers to feed and reproduce on the new leaf growth of citrus and closely related plant species.
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Citrus is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae. Plants in the genus produce citrus fruitsincluding important crops such as orangeslemonsgrapefruitspomelosand limes. Various citrus species have been utilized and domesticated by indigenous cultures in these areas since ancient times.
A deadly citrus tree disease called Huanglongbing has infected dozens of citrus trees in Southern California. The disease is not harmful to humans, but it kills orange, mandarin, lemon, kumquat and other citrus trees. All citrus trees in the area are in danger.
All rights reserved. In a lemon grove in Riverside, California, a half dozen beige mesh tents rise above the fruit trees. Within each tent a solitary lemon tree bustles with invaders from another continent: small insects called Asian citrus psyllids.
A tiny insect no bigger than a grain of rice may go unnoticed on your citrus trees, but it could have devastating consequences for California citrus if not stopped. The Asian citrus psyllid feeds on citrus leaves and stems, and can infect citrus trees with a bacteria that causes a serious plant disease called Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. While not harmful to humans, the disease kills citrus trees and has no cure.
Jump to navigation. This tiny invader and its even tinier bacterial hitchhikers threaten to take our favorite citrus fruits off our tables. Cool name, very bad bacteria!
Very few pests pose a more daunting threat to citrus than the tiny Asian Citrus Psyllid, a potential carrier of a disease that could ravage the commercial citrus industry and wipe out home garden citrus. Because it can spread the bacterial disease Huanglongbing, otherwise known as HLB or citrus greening disease, Asian Citrus Psyllid has sparked intensive quarantine and eradication efforts in almost all citrus growing areas. When feeding, it raises its rear end at a degree angle.
After just a decade, virtually every citrus tree in the state was dying or infected. Then inthe disease — Huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening — was discovered in California. It showed up first in a Hacienda Heights backyard, on a pummelo branch derived from budwood that had been smuggled from China, where the disease is epidemic.