ACP Map Slowly Being
The recent detection of
additional Asian Citrus Psyllids in Tulare County are a sobering reminder that
there may indeed be a small infestation in the Valley.
According to Beth
Grafton-Cardwell, UC Extension Specialist in Citrus, “It’s adding to general
map of where we have a possible infestation. “We hope growers are vigilant in
spraying the required sprays within 800 meters in and around areas where they are
found,” she said.
Grafton-Cardwell noted that
the industry should probably be spraying beyond the 800-meter treatment zone
around each fine to insure better control. “We have to work hard to keep ACP
populations down for as long as possible in the San Joaquin Valley,” she said.
ACP is the known
vector of Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease, is a
bacterial plant disease that, while not harmful to humans or animals – is fatal
for citrus trees. The disease destroys the production, appearance and economic
value of citrus trees. Diseased trees produce bitter, hard, misshapen fruit and
die within a few years of being infected. HLB is considered to be one of the
most serious plant diseases in the world and currently there is no cure.
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