The Asian citrus psyllid is the primary vector of the disease Huanglongbing also called citrus greening

The Asian citrus psyllid is the primary vector of the disease Huanglongbing, also called citrus greening.

HLB found in Texas residential grapefruit

A single grapefruit in a residential area near Mission, Texas tests positive for the disease Huanglongbing causing a new quarantine area which includes about 1,760 total acres of commercial citrus.  

The Texas Department of Agriculture has issued a second citrus quarantine area in the Texas Rio Grande Valley after a single grapefruit near Mission tested positive last week for Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease.

The new quarantined area includes a new five-mile radius zone surrounding the grapefruit tree where HLB was detected on Sept. 14.

According to officials with Texas Citrus Mutual (TCM), an industry support organization in the Valley, the tree is located in downtown Mission in a residential yard and was not part of a commercial citrus grove.

TCM officials report there are 1,760 total acres of commercial citrus in the new quarantine area. This represents the second emergency quarantine zone established for the Rio Grande Valley.

To read the entire story on this Texas HLB find, visit the Southwest Farm Press website via this link: http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/new-emergency-citrus-quarantine-texas-valley.

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