Citrus Greening Scourge on the Spread in California and Texas

Citrus Greening Scourge on the Spread in California and Texas

Containing the deadly citrus greening disease has been an impossible task for growers worldwide. No grove is immune to this point. To that end, the USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding areas quarantined for citrus greening in California, Texas, and even some parts of Louisiana.

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According to a recent pest report from the North America Plant Protection Organization’s Phytosanitary Alert System, APHIS is adding portions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties in California; all of Kleberg, Kenedy, and Webb counties in Texas; and all of Plaquemines and Saint Bernard Parishes in Louisiana to the quarantined area due to detections in plant tissue samples collected in multiple locations in these states.

APHIS is working in cooperation with the respective Departments of Agriculture as well as stakeholders from each state’s citrus industry in this effort.

The specific changes to the regulated areas in California, Texas, and Louisiana can be found at:
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/citrus-greening.