Huanglongbing, better known as Citrus Greening, is a devastating disease that threatens many citrus growing regions worldwide—including America, where the disease’s carrier, the Asian Citrus Psyllid, often uses unsuspecting residents’ orange trees as a base before infecting commercial groves.          

Due to the quick-moving nature of the psyllid, reactionary tactics have been ineffective. Experts needed to predict where the disease will be so that they can more effectively use their limited resources to control it.

In response to this need, Dr. Tim Gottwald, Research Leader in Plant Pathology at USDA-ARS along with several cohorts developed a comprehensive, risk-based survey that can help users predict where Citrus Greening and its vector, the Asian Citrus Psyllid, is more likely to show up.

 

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This survey is presented in a webcast authored by Dr. Gottwald and produced by the Plant Management Network, titled “Risk-Based Residential HLB/ACP Survey for California, Texas, and Arizona”.

This webcast will help consultants, growers, regulators and others in America’s citrus growing regions understand the many risk factors behind the survey so they can maximize detection and response.

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