Citrus tree-killing bacteria found in Fallbrook on insects marks first discovery in San Diego County

FALLBROOK (CNS) - State agricultural inspectors have detected bacteria which can cause a disease deadly to citrus trees during routine pest trapping in Fallbrook, San Diego County officials announced Friday, Dec. 31. The bacteria, which is not harmful to people or animals, was detected on insects in the North County community. A routine spot check by the California Department of Food & Agriculture on Dec. 28 collected a group of four adult Asian citrus psyllid from a citrus tree on residential property in the Fallbrook area carrying the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. These bacteria can cause a citrus disease called Huanglongbing. At this time, the disease has not been detected in citrus trees in San Diego County. Samples from trees on that property and the surrounding a
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