Yet another county has been added to the list of those where Asian citrus psyllid has been detected. According to the Santa Maria Sun, the pest, which was detected on March 26, carries a citrus greening disease known as Huanglonbing and has been working its way north from San Diego County where it was first detected in 2008. Huanglonbing has no cure and is deadly to citrus trees. A quarantine is being established by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to prevent the spread of the pest.
A press release from the San Luis Obispo Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures indicated that staff from the San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner’s office and officials from the California Department of Food and Agriculture continue to search for this pest by monitoring hundreds of insect traps placed in urban neighborhoods and commercial orchards throughout the county.
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