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June 19, 1986 | Associated Press
Inspection and eradication teams mobilized Wednesday to battle the first outbreak of citrus canker in residential trees, an outbreak that Florida Agriculture Commissioner Doyle Conner called alarming. "It is alarming because it is on fruit . . . and it is on mature trees," Conner told reporters here. Inspectors have discovered 47 "heavily infested" trees on Florida's Gulf Coast, concentrated in a section of Anna Maria Island across a bridge from Bradenton, Conner said. Two were in St.
April 9, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Homer D. Chapman once quipped that "the only experience I'd had before with citrus was oranges in the Christmas stocking." Chapman, whose initial citrus experience came as a small boy in Wisconsin during the first decade of the 20th century, grew up to make substantial contributions to citrus nutrition and soils research -- work that added to the economic growth of the citrus industry in California and around the world.
May 26, 1988 | BRUCE KEPPEL, Times Staff Writer
Sunkist Growers, responding to increased competition in the citrus industry, said Wednesday that it is slashing 66 jobs from a full-time work force of 460--including 30 at the cooperative's Sherman Oaks headquarters. The move is part of a cost-control program to trim more than $7 million in overhead by Oct. 31, the end of Sunkist's fiscal year, President Russell L. Hanlin told about 500 Ventura County grower members who gathered at Camarillo Grove County Park for a midyear review.
Ventura County growers cheered a decision that continues a ban on the importation of Argentine citrus until new studies prove that the imports pose no risk to the domestic market. The U.S. Justice Department dropped its appeal last week of a court ruling suspending the importation program, clearing the way for a new round of studies.
August 30, 2008 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
A tiny insect capable of carrying a disease that could devastate California's $1.2-billion citrus industry has been found in a lemon tree in San Diego, state agriculture officials said Friday. The identification of the bug as an Asian citrus psyllid in San Diego is preliminary, pending confirmation at a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Washington, officials said. The Asian citrus psyllid has become the primary carrier of citrus greening disease in Florida, where it has killed thousands of acres of orange groves, endangering that state's ranking as the largest U.S. producer of orange juice.
October 11, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a four-month delay on action concerning the importation of Argentine citrus, signaling a victory for Ventura County lemon growers. The USDA imposed the delay to consider ways to ensure that imported fruit does not contain medflies or other citrus pests. "We must make sure that we protect the California citrus industry from the medfly, citrus cancer, black spots, sweet orange scab and other pests and diseases," Rep.
A microscopic Asian moth, the newest threat to Florida's citrus industry, is puzzling scientists and worrying growers. The citrus leafminer somehow hitchhiked into the Miami area almost a year ago and quickly established itself in much of Florida's 790,000-acre citrus belt. Officials believe it traveled to Florida from China, Thailand or Australia in a cargo shipment or in travelers' luggage. The insect derives its name from its habit of boring into leaves and then "mining" them for food.
October 31, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
A tiny insect that threatens California's $1.6-billion citrus industry has been found near one of the state's commercial citrus growing regions. The Asian citrus psyllid, which has ravaged orchards in Florida as well as overseas, was found in Valley Center in rural San Diego County, the closest the bug has come to a major concentration of citrus groves. Northern San Diego County has about 2,500 acres of commercial citrus trees and is home to the largest concentration of organic citrus farmers in the nation, which will complicate efforts to control the insect, said Ted Batkin, president of the Citrus Research Board.
August 18, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Leaders of California's $1.6-billion citrus industry said Monday that a disease that was killing orchards worldwide was now rooted in Mexico, and experts warned that it was headed toward the state. Citrus greening disease has infected six citrus trees on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, spread by an infestation of the Asian citrus psyllid. There's a virtual insect highway across the width of Mexico, and once the aphid-like insect hops on, California is in trouble, said Beth Grafton-Cardwell, a UC Riverside entomologist and director of the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, east of Visalia.
May 20, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
For nearly a century, UC Riverside has been creating Frankenstein-like citrus in its groves and laboratories -- all in an effort to build the tastiest, hardiest fruits. Behold the dull, gold Chandler pummelos, the oversized ancestors of grapefruit, that are as big as a baby's head; Gold Nugget mandarins, with Crayola-orange rinds and sides squashed flat; and Kaffir limes, looking like so many electric-green golf balls. These are not your run-of-the-mill oranges from Ralphs.
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