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Citrus pest a threat

Another tiny pest capable of carrying and spreading a disease deadly to citrus trees has been found in the San Joaquin Valley, California's citrus belt.

The state Department of Food and Agriculture announced last week that an Asian citrus psyllid was discovered near Terra Bella in Tulare County. The psyllid was identified last month on a trap in a citrus grove.

It's the third psyllid found this year in the San Joaquin Valley. The first was discovered in February and the second in October, both in Tulare. As a result of the recent discoveries, a quarantine would be instituted for the area, said department spokesman Steve Lyle.

A number of other psyllids have been found in Southern California, but none of those pests have tested positive for the deadly bacteria known by its Chinese name Huanglongbing, also called citrus greening.

The disease has decimated the citrus sector in Florida and other parts of the world.

-- Compiled from staff and wire reports. Submit items to robert.digitale@pressdemocrat.com


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