citrus greening


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web New trees bought at garden centers should be certified citrus greening-free. CBS News, 6 Nov. 2017 The state’s citrus acreage has been in a downward trend for almost two decades, largely due to the damaging citrus greening disease that has decimated groves as well as urban sprawl and hurricane damage. Marvin G. Perez, Fortune, 12 Oct. 2022 Florida growers are already grappling with a devastating disease called citrus greening that damages fruit and eventually kills trees. David R. Baker, Fortune, 29 Sep. 2022 In July, the US Department of Agriculture estimated US production of oranges would drop by 13% in 2021/2022 to the lowest level in 55 years because of the drought in California and citrus greening in Florida. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 Trees that have the disease, also called citrus greening, cannot be cured and must be carefully removed to prevent its spread. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021 The industry has been on a downward trend for two decades because of issues such as residential and commercial development, foreign imports and an incurable bacterial disease known as citrus greening. Jim Turner, Orlando Sentinel, 11 June 2022 New trees bought at garden centers should be certified citrus greening-free. Tom Maccubbin,, 4 Sep. 2021 In data by the USDA, the decrease of crops after the 2003/04 season—when citrus greening first emerged in a commercial context—is starkly visible. Katharina Buchholz, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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