Citrus-Killing Disease Detected In SoCal

Citrus-Killing Disease Detected In SoCal


THEY’VE ASKED THE CITY TO HAUL THEM AWAY. THE CITY SAYS A BETTER SOLUTION FOR IT STREET IS NOW IN THE WORKS. THE FUTURE FOR CALIFORNIA’S CITRUS CROPS CAN SOON TURN SOWER. CBS 13’S RACHEL WOLF IS GETTING ANSWERS. THIS IS CALLED CITRUS KILLING DEGREES. IN THE LAST 14 YEARS IT’S IMPACTED ORANGE AND FRUIT PRODUCTION. IT’S HIT COMMERCIAL GROWERS AND BACKYARD TREES. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU IF YOU’RE WATCHING RIGHT NOW? IT MEANS IF YOU HAVE A BACKYARD TREE LIKE THIS IT MAYBE INFECTED. Reporter: THEY GROW A VARIETY OF CROPS. AND HE KNOWS GROWERS DOWN SOUTH WHO HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED. WHAT IS THIS DISEASE AND HOW CAN IT SPREAD? IT’S CAUSED BY A BACTERIUM TRANSMITTED THROUGH AN INSECT THAT INFECTS THE TREE KILLING IT. IT MAKES THE FRUIT TASTE TERRIBLE. SO THE FRUIT WILL GET A BITTER AND METALLIC FLAVOR. Reporter: IT’S ALREADY SPREADING RAPIDLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. SO TAR THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE. THE INSPECTS THAT SPREADS THE DISEASE IS ALREADY IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY. THAT’S WE THEY’RE TESTING AND ASKING FARMERS AND GROWERS TO STAY VIGILANT. IT’S SOMETHING TO WORRY ABOUT. AND KIND OF THAT THING THAT IF WE INVEST NOW IN PREVENTION THAT COULD SAKING A LOT OF DOLLARS DOWN THE ROAD. Reporter: IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THEY’RE SAYING THAT THIS IS SPREADING 60 TREE AS


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