Asian citrus greening disease: the threat to Africa’s citrus trade

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The yield losses attributed to Asian citrus greening disease once established can be devastating. If the disease continues to spread unabated in the citrus growing regions of East Africa, ¬†the annual value of lost production could potentially reach up to US$127 million over the next ten to 15 years, according to a recent paper published…
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Dogs can sniff out huanglongbing months before symptoms appear

Study finds that using dogs to survey for citrus greening disease is more accurate and efficient than current methods. Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, is a bacterial disease of citrus plants cause by¬†Candidatus¬†Liberibacter spp. It is thought to have been primarily an insect endophyte, but made the jump to its alternative host ‚Äď citrus plants…
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