The battle against the Asian citrus psyllid has taken place primarily in California backyards – until recently. A rise in commercial citrus psyllid detections means that all industry members play an increasingly crucial role in preventing the spread of an insect that carries the devastating Huanglongbing disease. Farm labor contractors, crew bosses, harvesters and other field workers can take several precautions to ensure the psyllid doesn’t spread from one citrus grove to another.
To highlight those precautions and encourage the citrus industry to follow a set of best practices to minimize the movement of plant material, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program has produced a video that provides an overview of best management practices that can help save California citrus.
Through a sustained and concerted effort, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program hopes to reduce or eliminate the spread of the pysllid and the devastating citrus-killing disease it carries.
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