California Citrus Greening Disease Progression

California Quarantine for Asian Citrus Psyllid and HLBThe Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) was first discovered in the United States, specifically Florida, in 1998. A decade later in 2008, the insect was detected for the first time in California. This insect is a carrier of the deadly huánglóngbìng (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This disease can go undetected in citrus trees [...]

Georgia Citrus Industry Grows While HLB Looms

Georgia citrus industryGeorgia may be famous for its peaches, but its citrus industry is growing. Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease, is a disease spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. This sap sucking bug feeds on the stems and leaves of citrus and can carry the bacteria that causes the disease. Recent surveys have revealed [...]

Using Wasps to Control Citrus Greening

Tamarixia radiataAn Asian wasp discovered early in the 20th century is being used today to control the spread of citrus greening disease. Is this an effective method of control? Read below to learn more and decide for yourself. Highly Efficient Parasitoid During the 1920s, Scottish entomologist James Waterston first discovered Tamarixia radiata in an area of [...]

Texas, Citrus Greening Disease is Threatening Our Citrus

Citrus trees at a local nurseryHuanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease, was first detected in Texas in 2012 and has since spread to 17 counties across the southern portion of the state. Florida has already lost more than US$4 billion in their economy since the disease was first detected in Miami-Dade County in 2005. Texas is actively trying [...]

Understanding the Global Impact of Citrus Greening Disease

Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease, is a disease spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. After this sap sucking bug has fed on the stems and leaves of infected trees, it carries the bacteria that causes the disease to the next tree it feeds on. The disease eventually kills the tree, but before [...]