WUFT News

Citrus Greening Hits UF, Tree Removal Begins Friday

By on September 13th, 2013

A bacterium decimating citrus trees across the nation reached the University of Florida this week.

Close to 150 trees may be removed from campus in order to prevent further spreading of the highly contagious disease that stops nutrient flow in the trees. This causes the leaves to turn yellow and the fruit to go bad.

The Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-like insect, first came to Florida in 2005. The insect carries the bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter, which causes citrus tree greening (huanglongbing).

Tree removal starts Friday. WUFT News will be on location with the story.


This entry was posted in Environment and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Environment

VIDEO: Horse Protection Association Of Florida

Because of flooding on 150 acres of Micanopy land, the Horse Protection Association of Florida is in need of dry land for its rescues. A suitable area was found for 23 of the horses, but HPAF’s Morgan Silver worries about organizing the funds to continue paying rent.


Horse

Small-Scale Horse Operations Guide to Protect Florida Water

The Florida Department of Education released a manual for small-scale horse operation best management practices in order to help preserve the state’s water resources.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

State Targets Growing Feral Swine Problem

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new $20 million program, designed to stop the growth of feral swine, began this month. Florida received $400,000 on Monday.


Officials Ensure Energy Prices Will Not Rise With New Coal Ban

Locals are reacting to the possibility of a utility rate increase that would accompany Gainesville’s possible switch away from mountaintop coal removal.


Swallowtail_one

Food Safety Guidelines Could Alter Sustainable Farm

A new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) by the FDA may pose a challenge to farmers who are using an alternative fertilizer.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments