Are Asian Citrus Psyllids Afraid of Heights? Elevation Study May Provide Clues for Stopping Them

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 by spreading a bacterium which is responsible for citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing), the most serious disease of citrus in the world. However, scientists from the […]

Can Pakistani Wasps Save the California Citrus Industry?

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 trying to genetically modify orange trees so they are resistant to the threat. But in California, they’re trying a different approach — biological control. Mark […]

Can a Spinach Gene Save America’s Orange Trees

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 trees in Florida. The disease is spread by an insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive species which was first detected in Florida in 1998. […]