citrus greening

variants: or citrus greening disease

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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Many were already reeling before the winds and rain hit, thanks to a crippling disease known as citrus greening, which has ravaged crops here for years. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "One-two punch of disease and Irma has left Florida citrus reeling," 10 Feb. 2018 The fruit’s tendency to become green after ripening gave the disease its nickname, citrus greening. Sena Christian, Newsweek, "Breakfast in Post-Apocalypse America: Inside Colorado's Fort Knox of Food," 19 Nov. 2015 Putnam is seeking $75 million for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which preservers agricultural and conservation land, and $17 million to research citrus greening, a bacterial disease that kills citrus trees. Brendan Farrington, The Seattle Times, "Opioids, wildfires, PTSD among Florida Cabinet priorities," 14 Jan. 2018 Florida's citrus growers have struggled to turn a profit for years because of the tree-killing citrus greening disease, which first showed up in Florida in 2005. Laura Layden, USA TODAY, "Growers: USDA's orange crop forecast doesn't account for Irma," 13 Oct. 2017 Before Irma's broadside, the industry had been struggling to recover from citrus greening, the disease that has helped cut Florida citrus production by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Florida officials issue dire warning: rescue citrus industry or find your orange juice elsewhere," 11 Oct. 2017 The forecast isn't good for an industry that has been in a steady decline due in large part to the impact of deadly citrus greening disease., "Florida orange crops face forecast drop, fears of going even lower," 12 Oct. 2017 The partnership aims to develop new ways to combat citrus greening, an incurable bacterial disease that depletes trees and can cause fruit to drop to the ground prematurely. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Bayer Joins Fight Against Citrus Greening Disease," 16 Aug. 2017 This was supposed to be the season when Florida’s citrus industry finally started to bounce back after years of battling the deadly citrus greening disease. Susan Jacobson,, "Hurricane, greening squeezing the life out of Florida’s citrus industry," 21 Oct. 2017

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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