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UPDATED: Some Union City Citrus Trees Infected with Fatal Disease

Post Date:03/17/2017 10:41 AM

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a serious insect pest in California, has been detected in Union City neighborhoods. The ACP is a tiny, flying insect that transmits a bacterial disease called huanglongbing (HLB) to citrus trees. Trees infected with HLB disease produce bitter and misshapen fruit. The HLB disease is fatal to citrus trees. The ACP is a threat to California's backyard and commercially grown citrus. Emergency treatment and quarantine action is needed to protect California from the negative economic and environmental impacts the establishment of this pest throughout California would cause.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture consulted with scientists who are experts in the biology of this pest. These experts have recommended a treatment plan designed to mitigate the infestation. 

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is hosting a meeting at the Union City Library on Thursday, February 23rd from 6PM to 7:30PM. The library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road. Representatives will be welcoming any questions and will talk more in depth about their treatment plans against the Asian Citrus Psyllid. 

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UPDATE MARCH 17: Official Notice from California Department of Food and Agriculture to Union City