citrus canker


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

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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,, "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,, "Hurricane, greening squeezing the life out of Florida’s citrus industry," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of citrus canker

1909, in the meaning defined above

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