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For the Sake of Citrus


Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, has devastated global fruit production, and continues to spread. Caused by the insect-vectored, phloem-limited Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, Huanglongbing is thought to have originated in China during the early 1900s. Citrus greening was recognized as widespread in Brazil in 2004, and made its first appearance in the US in 2005, affecting citrus farms across Florida, where 75 percent of the country's citrus is produced.

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