While prospective large development projects threaten the small percentage of remaining agricultural lands in the greater Los Angeles area, there is a much smaller, quieter enemy that can do as much – if not more – damage to our California citrus orchards.
The microscopic Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) has already brought devastation to Asia, the Middle East, South and Central America by injecting a deadly, bacterial tree disease called Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as Citrus Greening Disease. HLB is a potential death sentence for citrus trees. Initially, fruit becomes green and bitter too taste; thereafter, the citrus becomes inedible and the tree dies. The disease has already been sited in California; therefore, the time for preventative measures in saving local citrus is upon us.
“HLB threatens not only local farms and farmers that we count on for our fresh, healthy, locally produced citrus, but also a consumers’ ability to buy and grow citrus fruit in their backyards”. – Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program
For more information on how to prevent or diagnose your tree from the deadly HLB disease, visit the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program website.