citrus canker

noun

Definition of citrus canker

: a destructive disease of citrus caused by a bacterium (Xanthomonas axonopodis citri synonym X. campestris citri) that produces lesions on the leaves, twigs, and fruits

Examples of citrus canker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, canines have already demonstrated the ability to sniff out plant diseases, including citrus canker and plum pox virus, which infects peach, plum, and cherry trees. Duncan Strauss, BostonGlobe.com, "Dogs are helping save Florida’s citrus groves from a devastating disease," 18 Jan. 2020 Phillip and Beazley have found mango weevil, pink hibiscus mealybug and citrus canker. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "Ham’s best friend: The beagle brigade is the last line of defense against African swine fever in U.S.," 27 Nov. 2019 For more than a dozen years, Florida's citrus industry has been battling two devastating diseases, citrus greening and citrus canker, that have drastically cut fruit production. Mike Schneider, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida orange juice processing is getting squeezed out of business," 15 Aug. 2019 Gusts from the slow-moving hurricane spread the bacterial disease citrus canker and the fungal disease citrus black spot, McLean said. Susan Jacobson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane, greening squeezing the life out of Florida’s citrus industry," 21 Oct. 2017

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Citrus canker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus%20canker. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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