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Incurable Disease Threatens US Citrus Crop
05-13-2013, 12:20 AM #1
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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Florida's $9 billion orange crop, the largest in the world after Brazil's, may not survive an incurable disease that threatens to wipe out citrus groves throughout the United States.

The disease, known as "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, is caused by a bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. The bacteria are spread from tree to tree by a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, The New York Times reports.

A tree affected by citrus greening may not show symptoms for years. Eventually, however, the leaves turn yellow and fall, while the tree's fruit fails to mature, falling to the ground prematurely before the tree slowly dies. [Image Gallery: A Rainbow of Fall Leaves]

"We have got a real big problem," Vic Story, a lifelong Florida citrus grower, told The Times. "It's definitely the biggest threat in my lifetime, and I'm 68. This is a tree killer."

There is no known cure for citrus greening (which also affects grapefruit, lemons and other citrus crops), despite the best efforts of numerous research labs. The Candidatus bacteria is so devastating to citrus crops that it was classified as a bioterror weapon in 2003, The New Yorker reports.

more - http://news.yahoo.com/incurable-disease-...08978.html
05-13-2013, 12:32 AM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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That's not good. damned.gif
05-13-2013, 12:33 AM #3
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Damn, this must be something new. I recall citrus canker was a problem when I was there, never heard of this. What a shame.

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İmage
05-13-2013, 12:43 AM #4
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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I have 3 trees in the yard damned.gif
05-13-2013, 12:55 AM #5
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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I had an orange, lemon & grapefruit tree. Very common to have down there. Nothing like a fresh orange right off the tree in January right after a cold snap.
I certainly miss that.

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İmage
05-13-2013, 01:04 AM #6
KILLUMINATI Made Ya Look!!
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(05-13-2013, 12:55 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  I had an orange, lemon & grapefruit tree. Very common to have down there. Nothing like a fresh orange right off the tree in January right after a cold snap.
I certainly miss that.


The oranges from the tree that is next to the grapefruit tree are sour.

They are good for cooking.

I don't know if they are sour because of the grapefruit tree
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05-13-2013, 01:10 AM #7
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Time to sell your Orange Futures and buy Insecticide Shares.



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