citrus greening

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web The biggest threat to Florida citrus – citrus greening – is spread by gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, said Gene McAvoy, an associate director at University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center. USA Today, "As coronavirus pandemic spikes orange juice sales, a Florida citrus grower gets squeezed," 13 May 2020 Truman is worried about the risk of one disease in particular: citrus greening disease. Amanda Morris, AZCentral.com, "As disease threatens citrus trees, researchers target the insects that are spreading it," 15 Apr. 2020 The second is that orange supplies in the United States have fallen because of a widespread citrus plant disease, called citrus greening. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Orange juice sales are soaring during the pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Do not bring fruit or cuttings (scions) from any citrus or citrus relatives such as finger limes, Buddha’s hand, curry leaf or sapote to avoid transmission of huanglongbing (citrus greening disease) spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. Los Angeles Times, "Garden Calendar: It’s time for moonlight gardens and showy orchids," 31 Jan. 2020 Do not bring fruit or cuttings (scions) from any citrus or citrus relatives such as finger limes, Buddha’s hand, curry leaf or sapote to avoid transmission of huanglongbing (citrus greening disease) spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. Los Angeles Times, "Garden Calendar: It’s time for moonlight gardens and showy orchids," 31 Jan. 2020 In a move many farmers didn't ask for, the EPA quietly reapproved the use of tuberculosis-fighting antibiotics to address citrus greening disease, which has been found in Florida and California. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Moms. vs. cement, and composting human remains," 21 Feb. 2020 Do not bring fruit or cuttings (scions) from any citrus or citrus relatives such as finger limes, Buddha’s hand, curry leaf or sapote to avoid transmission of huanglongbing (citrus greening disease) spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. Los Angeles Times, "Garden Calendar: It’s time for moonlight gardens and showy orchids," 31 Jan. 2020 The dogs are being trained to sniff out citrus greening disease, which has sharply cut U.S. orange juice yields, Smithsonian reports. National Geographic, "Why is protecting butterflies so dangerous?," 6 Feb. 2020

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Citrus greening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/citrus%20greening. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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