Citrus pest threatens California growing center

Not the kind of greening you want: The Asian citrus psyllid, which has wreaked havoc in Florida as well as overseas, has been found in rural San Diego County. Northern San Diego County has about 2,500 acres of commercial citrus orchards and is home to the largest concentration of organic citrus farmers in the nation, which will complicate efforts to control the insect. The psyllid can  transmit a carrier of citrus greening disease, which does not affect humans, but it does ruin the taste of citrus fruit and juice before killing the plants. There is no known cure. Most experts believe the first spotting of the disease will be on a backyard tree and are urging homeowners to learn what to look for and the food & ag department website. (

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