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A Little Bug Could Cause a Lot of Trouble

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From Baldwin Park and West Covina south to La Habra and from El Monte east to Walnut, citrus is under quarantine. If you have an orchard – or just a backyard orange, lemon or grapefruit tree – you're not allowed to take a fruit off the property. What's at stake is nothing less than California's $2 billion citrus industry. We speak with a citrus researcher at UC Riverside and the manager of a family-owned grower in Ventura.

 

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Abandoned Valencia orange grove west of Vero Beach, Florida
January 15, 2011 © David Karp


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Tree from Hacienda Heights that tested positive for HLB
(CDFA removed it last week)

 

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Symptomatic leaf blotches

 

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Symptomatic leaf blotches

To learn more, contact CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org the California Department of Food and Agriculture or phone 800-491-1899


All images courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, unless otherwise noted.

Credits

Guests:
David Karp - UC Riverside, Link Leavens - Leavens Ranches

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal