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

Examples of citrus greening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Learn the signs of citrus greening disease at Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2021 Along with citrus greening disease, growers have struggled against residential and commercial development, foreign imports and hurricane impacts. Dewayne Bevil,, 5 Aug. 2021 Along with citrus greening disease, growers have struggled against residential and commercial development, foreign imports and hurricane impacts. Jim Turner,, 13 Apr. 2021 Huanglongbing, which is also called citrus greening, was first spotted in Florida—the heart of America’s orange juice industry -- in 2005 and has since spread to Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and southern California. Anna Kuchment, Scientific American, 1 Mar. 2013 Save lots of frustration — and most likely a losing battle with citrus greening disease — and replace the trees. Tom Maccubbin,, 6 Mar. 2021 Citrus trees are susceptible to a number of diseases, but citrus greening is the worst that has caused many to slowly decline. Tom Maccubbin,, 6 Mar. 2021 Jason Lingle, Hollieanna’s co-owner, says that thanks to citrus greening, there aren’t many Duncan trees left. Jane Black, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020 Since 2000, diseases such as citrus greening, a bacterial scourge that results in fewer and smaller fruit over time, have clobbered the state’s production. Jane Black, WSJ, 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of citrus greening

1971, in the meaning defined above

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19 Sep 2021

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