The California Citrus Research Board is asking local homeowners to help in the fight against a deadly citrus disease that is threatening California orange growers and has struck for the first time in California right in our own backyard. Citrus greening has been detected in in Hacienda Heights. It wreaks havoc on citrus trees, first ruining the fruit, then killing the tree, and there’s no cure. It’s spread by a bug that’s been steadily advancing through California from Mexico, but not all bugs carry the disease, and till now no diseased trees had been found in the state. As is typical, the first diseased tree was found in a private yard, so officials are trying to recruit homeowners in the battle to save a major state industry.
And here’s my earlier post on citrus psyllids.
UDATE (April 3, 2012): The California Department of Food and Agriculture will hold an informational meeting about citrus greening in the City of Industry Thursday night.