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Citrus Greening in Georgia

Citrus Greening, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), is a bacterial disease spread by the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). HLB affects all citrus species and a few closely related ornamentals. There is no cure or effective treatment, and trees usually die within 5 years of inoculation. ACP are known to be present in at least 8 Georgia counties. HLB was confirmed in Camden County in 2016. Trees can be inoculated for 1-2 years before symptoms begin. Symptoms may include mottled leaves, corky veins, yellow shoots, twig dieback, general decline, misshapen fruit, bitter and/or salty fruit. There are several diseases and pests of citrus in Georgia, and not all citrus issues are indicative of citrus greening. For more information, or help with your citrus issues please contact Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Jessica Warren at jkwarren@uga.edu
 

 


Leaves showing pattern of citrus greening damage
close up of leaf showing citrus greening damage

Jessica Warren, ANR Agent in Camden County discusses the citrus disease as it is now showing up in Georgia...