citrus greening

noun

variants or citrus greening disease
: 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

Examples of citrus greening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Due to citrus greening disease and the citrus quarantine established throughout large areas of Southern California, there are a limited number of nurseries selling citrus trees at the present time. Joshua Siskin, Orange County Register, 27 Jan. 2024 And orange production has been impacted by severe weather events and the citrus greening disease, which doesn't have a cure. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 Learn the signs of citrus greening disease at californiacitrusthreat.org. Houseplants Thrips on your houseplants? Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 The shortfall is a result of back-to-back hurricanes in 2022 and a citrus greening disease. Chris Morris, Fortune, 25 May 2023 Learn the signs of citrus greening disease at californiacitrusthreat.org. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2022 Last month, the US Department of Agriculture forecast that Florida’s orange harvest would produce the smallest crop since 1945, as the state, which is US’s biggest orange producer, was hit hard by a bacterial infection called citrus greening disease. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2022 Major players in the citrus industry have backed using the pesticide as orange production has plummeted in recent years, in part because of citrus greening disease, which is transmitted by a type of insect. Jim Saunders, orlandosentinel.com, 12 May 2021 Some small operations in Brazil and Mexico hit by citrus greening have already considered growing sugarcane to make up for economic losses. Molly Glick, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of citrus greening was in 1971

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“Citrus greening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus%20greening. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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