[NAFEX] Greening in Florida

athagan at atlantic.net athagan at atlantic.net
Fri Sep 9 09:34:07 EDT 2005

We do seem to be taking another hit, tresteza, canker, now greening. 
I'm about a hundred miles or so north of the commmercial citrus belt
here in Florida so maybe it wouldn't make it this far if it did get
out of hand, but maybe it would too.  Dr. Malcom Manners, a citrus
breeder with Florida Southern University, posts to the citrus forum
of the Gardenweb and he sounded pretty dour if they can't quickly get
it under control.  Half of my orchard is some form of citrus.


Quoting kieran or donna <redherring at tnaccess.com>:

> Oh no!!!  this is a really bad one.  It was fear of this one coming
> into the
> US that caused me to contact APHIS about citrus seeds coming in
> from China
> back about 1992 and they disrupted a bunch of nurseries, including
> Sherwood's, and made all kinds of trouble looking for Tristezia,
> which we
> already have here.  That totally baffled me, and I decided that I
> wouldn't
> go to the gov't next time, I'd just contact the people involved. 
> (I can
> always threaten them with APHIS if I have to)  As "Hardy Citrus
> Consultant"
> (the title sounds so great, though it involves very little work) I
> got a
> call from a guy once who had brought in citrus seeds from South
> Africa.  We
> had talked awhile before it hit me, and when I began warning him
> very
> seriously about the problem of Greening and the fact that he had a
> nursery
> in a citrus growing area, he suddenly hung up.  Guess it dawned on
> him that
> if I learned any more about him, I could turn him in.
>     Citrus trees in Florida have generally been healthy, and made
> beautiful
> yard trees.  I am afraid that with so many new bugs and diseases,
> that they
> will start looking as bad as crabapples look here in Tenn.    
> Donna
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