Citrus greening disease is seriously hindering citrus production in the United States, but generating widespread adoption of the best integrated pest management practices among growers is a challenge, especially when livelihoods are on the line. Recognizing the strong economic factors at play in management decisions will help improve plans for increasing IPM adoption.
In many areas where the Asian citrus psyllid spreads citrus greening disease to commercial groves, it can evade control efforts by infesting residential citrus trees. A new attract-and-kill device, however, is being evaluated for managing psyllids on citrus in residential areas.
Tracking the movements of the diminutive pests is a challenge, but a new study shows that DNA analysis of psyllid gut contents can reveal what plants psyllids have fed on, thereby pinpointing the non-crop "whistle stops" psyllids make before infesting crop fields.
Sticky traps used to monitor orchards for the Asian citrus psyllid often catch an array of larger non-target organisms. But a thin layer of mesh fabric—the same kind used in bridal veils and ballet tutus—makes an effective screen to eliminate most bycatch while still catching the target pests.
What do horseshoe crabs have to do with citrus greening disease? Well, nothing really. But the protein that famously gives horseshoe crabs their blue blood has been found at increased […]
Citrus Growers and Plant Breeders Should Pay Attention to Citrus Flush to Fight Citrus Greening Disease
By Ed Ricciuti Scientists have found a more efficient way to infect experimental trees with citrus greening disease, boosting efforts to find citrus varieties that are able to resist the […]
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced $30 million in funding for 22 projects to help citrus growers combat huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease, which is spread […]
The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri) carries a bacterial pathogen that causes citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which is destroying trees in many countries and states, including Florida. It’s been estimated […]
The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, was first discovered in Florida in 2005 and in Puerto Rico in 2007. Since then it has caused billions of dollars’ worth of damage […]
The Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), or ACP for short, is an invasive insect that threatens the citrus industry because of a deadly disease — known as huanglongbing, or citrus […]
In August 2008 the Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), an invasive insect known to spread citrus greening disease (huanglongbing), which can be lethal to citrus trees, was detected in southern […]
The recent government shutdown due to a stalemate in Congress over funding for 2014 is impacting research on insects which will affect the lives of many Americans, according to the […]
An invasive insect called the Asian citrus psyllid is wreaking havoc in Florida as it spreads Huanglongbing, otherwise known as citrus greening disease. Growers are so worried that they are […]
A recent article in the New York Times called “A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA” tells the story of citrus greening disease, which is destroying citrus […]