California citrus growers are rushing to make changes to agronomic practices to meet control deadlines for the Fuller rose beetle. The controls are being required by South Korea as part of a trade agreement with the United States.
University researchers and citrus industry officials are working with growers to educate them on tips and measures they can employ to control the pest. South Korea does not have the Fuller rose beetle and it wants to keep it out of the country.
1. Fuller rose beetle leaf damage
Tell-tale leaf damage from the Fuller rose beetle. Photo courtesy Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM program.
2. Fuller rose beetle on citrus branch
Fuller rose beetle on citrus branch. Photo courtesy Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM program.
3. Adult Fuller rose beetle
The Fuller rose beetle. Photo courtesy Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM program.
4. James Cranney Jr., California Citrus Quality Council
James Cranney Jr., president of the California Citrus Quality Council, says South Korea could block shipments of fresh citrus from California due to the Fuller rose beetle.