Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Quick Identification Needed To Save Florida's Citrus Industry From Devastating Disease

Date:
September 16, 2005
Source:
American Phytopathological Society
Summary:
The recent discovery of citrus greening (huanglongbing) in samples collected from trees in South Florida poses a definite threat to Florida's $9 billion commercial citrus industry. Proper identification and eradication methods are needed to reduce the amount of crop loss caused by this disease, say plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society (APS).

St. Paul, Minn. (September 14, 2005) -- The recent discovery of citrusgreening (huanglongbing) in samples collected from trees in SouthFlorida poses a definite threat to Florida's $9 billion commercialcitrus industry. Proper identification and eradication methods areneeded to reduce the amount of crop loss caused by this disease, sayplant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS).Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that affects the phloem systemof citrus plants causing the infected trees to yellow, decline, andpossibly die within a few years. The bacterium is spread by an insect,the citrus psyllid.

"Although there is no cure for citrus greening, it is vital thatplant pathologists work with growers to quickly identify the diseaseand its insect hosts," said Ronald Brlansky, professor and plantpathologist with the University of Florida, CREC, Lake Alfred, FL."Finding the extent of the disease and the removal of infected treeswill reduce the damage done by this disease," he said. Plantpathologists have been surveying and testing for citrus greening sincethe psyllids were found in the U.S. in the late 1990s.

Citrus greening infects all types of citrus species. The name"huanglongbing" means "yellow dragon" which is descriptive of theyellow sectors of infected trees. The symptoms of citrus greeningusually include a blotchy mottle and leaf yellowing that spreadsthroughout the tree with lopsided fruit that fail to color properly.

Citrus greening has seriously affected citrus production inAsia, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and the Arabian Peninsula, andwas recently discovered in Brazil.

###

The American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a non-profit,professional scientific organization. The research of theorganization's 5,000 worldwide members advances the understanding ofthe science of plant pathology and its application to plant health.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Phytopathological Society. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Phytopathological Society. "Quick Identification Needed To Save Florida's Citrus Industry From Devastating Disease." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 September 2005. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050916080744.htm>.
American Phytopathological Society. (2005, September 16). Quick Identification Needed To Save Florida's Citrus Industry From Devastating Disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 29, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050916080744.htm
American Phytopathological Society. "Quick Identification Needed To Save Florida's Citrus Industry From Devastating Disease." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/09/050916080744.htm (accessed August 29, 2014).

Share This




More Plants & Animals News

Friday, August 29, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Killer Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

Killer Amoeba Found in Louisiana Water System

AP (Aug. 28, 2014) State health officials say testing has confirmed the presence of a killer amoeba in a water system serving three St. John the Baptist Parish towns. (Aug. 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Australian Sheep Gets Long Overdue Haircut

Raw: Australian Sheep Gets Long Overdue Haircut

AP (Aug. 28, 2014) Hoping to break the record for world's wooliest, Shaun the sheep came up 10 pounds shy with his fleece weighing over 50 pounds after being shorn for the first time in years. (Aug. 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Minds Blown: Scientists Develop Fish That Walk On Land

Minds Blown: Scientists Develop Fish That Walk On Land

Newsy (Aug. 28, 2014) Canadian scientists looking into the very first land animals took a fish out of water and forced it to walk. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Fake Dogs Scare Real Geese from Wis. Park

Fake Dogs Scare Real Geese from Wis. Park

AP (Aug. 28, 2014) Parks officials in Stevens Point, Wisconsin had a fowl problem. Canadian Geese were making a mess of a park, so officials enlisted cardboard versions of man's best friend. (Aug. 28) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins