90% of Florida’s Citrus acres are afflicted with Citrus Greening
Net impact: 2004 vs 2016*
13,000+ citrus jobs lost since 2004 ■ Florida citrus acres down from ~750,000 to less than 400,000
■ $16 billion+ total financial damage to Florida’s economy
*Florida Department of Citrus and US Department of Agriculture
In April 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released the following stunning research: “Single Breakthrough Discovery for Citrus Greening Disease in Florida Unlikely, Says New Report; Calls for a Master Plan to Coordinate Research Efforts and Management.” The report reaffirms the devastation caused by citrus greening to the industry and represents a call to action to help stem this epidemic. Details of the report can be accessed here.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, Citrus Greening, caused by the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. Spread by a disease-infected Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (or ACP), citrus greening has put the future of not only America's citrus at risk, but also the rest of the world. Download the USDA article in full here.
As reported by the University of Florida, citrus greening (also known as Huanglongbing or HLB) was found in the south Florida region of Homestead and Florida City as early as August 2005. Since that time, HLB has been found in commercial and residential sites in all counties with commercial citrus. The disease is devastating Florida’s orange crops. To date, there are no adequate treatments to eradicate the disease. Download the University of Florida article in full here.
Citrus greening is devastating the Florida citrus industry. With no cure in sight, Florida will suffer from a significant negative economic impact and a serious loss of jobs. The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) has created an important educational infographic that shares the details in an easy-to-understand snapshot of the problem. Download the FDOC Citrus Greening infographic here.
According to Gro Intelligence, citrus greening is not limited to orange trees alone—all citrus is at risk. Think Mexico, and the use of lemons and limes as a key ingredient and an irreplaceable garnish in Mexican cuisine. Citrus trees in parts of Mexico have been affected by the disease, leading to shortfalls in production. Download the University of Florida article in full here.