The bacterial disease huanglongbing (aka HLB or citrus greening disease) has convulsed the world citrus industry.
A new method for treating the ruinous disease huanglongbing (HLB, aka citrus greening) has been approved by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Community Services (FDACS).
Here’s another name you can add for this hated disease: California calls it huanglongbing (HLB), Florida calls it citrus greening disease, and in the Mexican state of Veracruz—the nation’s main citrus producer—it is called the yellow dragon.
The July crop report from USDA explains why, indicating that the state is forecast to produce 1.81 million boxes of grapefruit in the 2022-23 season, down from 3.33 million boxes in 2021-22, and 4.1 million boxes in 2020-21.
The Texas Citrus Pest and Disease Management Corporation (TCPDMC) and Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center (TAMUK) was awarded $4,061,941 in funding from the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination Group (HLB MAC).
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, summer travel is expected to increase, and California agricultural officials are cautioning Californians on what not to pack for their trips – homegrown citrus fruit and plant material.
Scientists at the University of California-Riverside believe they are the first to find a successful treatment of the devastating citrus disease huanglongbing or greening disease.