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Plant Scientists Work To Protect U.S. From Foreign Diseases

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October 15, 2001
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American Phytopathological Society
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Right now in some of California’s most scenic areas, thousands of beautiful, stately oak trees are dying from a new disease never seen before in the U.S.; and scientists have few clues about how to stop it. In Florida, more than $200 million has been spent trying to control Citrus canker, another plant disease new to this country. Yet, despite intense efforts the disease keeps spreading. Problems like these may become more common, say plant health scientists, as new diseases make their way into the U.S. In an effort to assist regulators, the world’s largest organization of plant health scientists is preparing a list of diseases posing the greatest threat to U.S. agriculture and forestry.

St. Paul, MN (October 15, 2001) -- Right now in some of California’s most scenic areas, thousands of beautiful, stately oak trees are dying from a new disease never seen before in the U.S.; and scientists have few clues about how to stop it. In Florida, more than $200 million has been spent trying to control Citrus canker, another plant disease new to this country. Yet, despite intense efforts the disease keeps spreading. Problems like these may become more common, say plant health scientists, as new diseases make their way into the U.S. In an effort to assist regulators, the world’s largest organization of plant health scientists is preparing a list of diseases posing the greatest threat to U.S. agriculture and forestry.


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