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2008 Improving Peel Quality of California Citrus Fruit

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2008 Improving Peel Quality of California Citrus Fruit

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Asian Citus Psyllid threat to Ventura County citrus, nursery stock leads to quarantine

January 10, 2011 – The discovery of a potentially disease carrying insect in Ventura County which can decimate citrus crops has led to a quarantine for the county. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has an update on the Asian Citrus Psyllid threat. To listen to the entire story, click here.


CDFA Release# 11-002

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SACRAMENTO, January 21, 2011 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing seven vacancies on the California Organic Products Advisory Committee.  The committee advises the CDFA secretary on current issues related to organic food production and makes recommendations on all matters pertaining to the California Organic Program.

The vacancies include: one consumer representative, three producer alternates, one processor alternate, one retail representative alternate, and one technical representative alternate. The technical and consumer representatives must not have a financial interest in the direct sale and marketing of organic products. The term of office for committee members is three years.  Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.

The California Organic Program is responsible for enforcement of federal and state law governing organic production. These statutes protect consumers, producers, handlers, processors and retailers by establishing standards under which fresh agricultural products may be labeled and sold as organic.  The California Organic Program is funded entirely by industry fees and assessments.

Individuals interested in being considered for an appointment should send a letter of consideration and include a letter of recommendation from the industry. Nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled.  Applications should be sent to California Organic Program, 1220 ‘N’ Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 or emailed to

For further information on the California Organic Program and committee vacancies, contact David Carlson at (916) 445-2180.

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Contact: Steve Lyle,  Director of Public Affairs
California Department of Food & Agriculture
(916) 654-0462





January 20, 2011 – Giving oranges or tangerines as gifts to friends and relatives as a symbol of good wishes is a celebratory custom of the Chinese New Year, but it could have dire consequences – the gesture could spread the disease-carrying Asian citrus psyllid.

The Asian citrus psyllid – which is confirmed to be in Imperial, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, sparking a quarantine in those areas – can be the carrier of a fatal tree disease, called Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease. While not harmful to human health, HLB destroys production, appearance and value of citrus trees, and the taste of their fruit and juice. Once a tree is infected with the disease, there is no cure and the tree will eventually die.

While the psyllids in California have not been found to be carrying the disease, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program is reminding those celebrating the Chinese New Year that we all play a critical role in keeping the disease out of California. The organization, which points out that it is illegal to bring citrus trees or cuttings into California from other states or countries, offers these tips:

  • If giving oranges or other citrus fruit as gifts, make sure there is no plant material such as leaves or stems attached to the fruit and the fruit is washed to make sure there are no psyllids on the gift.
  • Inspect your citrus trees each month for the pest. A hand lens or magnifying glass may be necessary to see the psyllid, which is the size of an aphid.
  • Plant only California-grown, certified trees that are known to be free of the disease.
  • Don’t move plants out of the quarantined area, because they might be carrying psyllids.
  • Dry out plant clippings for two weeks before putting them in green waste recycle bins or double bag clippings to avoid moving psyllids.

“This pest and disease are dangerous,” said Ted Batkin, president of the California Citrus Research Board and a participant in the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program. “If the disease infects a homeowner’s tree, that tree will need to be removed, and the best way to protect our citrus is to control the pest.”

The California Citrus Research Board is trapping for the pest and testing for the disease in California, augmenting the programs of the county agricultural commissioners, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture.

The majority of detections of the psyllids in Southern California trees have been in residential citrus trees.

For more information and to find out what to look for, visit If you think you have found a psyllid, act fast. Time is critical. Call the California Department of Food and Agriculture hotline at 800/491-1899.

The pest and the disease have already caused devastation in Asia, India, parts of the Middle East, and South and Central America. The pest and the disease have been found domestically in Louisiana, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. In Florida, the psyllid and HLB are ravaging the citrus industry. The insect pest, in the absence of disease, is also found in Hawaii, Texas and California.

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