By Cary Blake, Farm Press Editorial Staff

The Western citrus industry is drawing upon research and the lessons learned in Florida, Texas, and foreign countries to better prepare against the threats of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) pest and citrus greening disease.

California’s citrus industry remains on high alert after the ACP plant-sucking, aphid-like insect was detected in San Diego County last August and several months later in Imperial County. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) imposed a quarantine which mandates washing fruit before it leaves a quarantine area.

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