State says no citrus greening in Tulare County – Porterville Recorder: News


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Sat 2015-Apr-18


State says no citrus greening in Tulare County THE RECORDER


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An erroneous report in a Tulare County newspaper prompted the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to issue a press release Friday stating that there has not been a tree infected with the disease huanglongbing (HLB) found in Tulare County.

The newspaper report, published Friday, reported a tree in Farmersville had tested positive for the disease.

Steve Lyle with CDFA said the tree referred to in the article has been tested for huanglongbing, using the PCR testing method approved by the USDA and recognized internationally. The results came back negative, he said, noting the tree was not removed.

The tree has been treated to remove Asian citrus psyllids and will continue to be monitored for pest presence as well as symptoms of the plant disease.

HLB is a deadly disease for citrus. Only one tree has been discovered with the disease in California, and that was a few years ago in Hacienda Heights in the Los Angeles area. That tree was removed and Lyle said ag officials continue to monitor that area for any other infected trees.


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2013 -2014 Citrus greening (USA) emergency ongoing