citrus greening

noun
variants: or citrus greening disease
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of citrus greening

: a destructive disease of citrus plants that is caused by a bacterium (genus Liberibacter) transmitted by plant lice (Diaphorina citri of Asia and Trioza erytreae of Africa) and is characterized especially by small, often misshapen fruits which typically retain some green coloring even when ripe and by yellow mottling of the leaves with progressive yellowing of the entire plant — see asian citrus psyllid

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1971


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