Among the Citrus Research Board's Asian citrus psyllid-Huanglongbing disease research projects include tests to identify the unique volatile organic compound released by citrus trees. Sniffer prototypes (in photo) can record VOC emissions. Photo by the CRB’s Brian Taylor.
Bio-control of psyllids is one research avenue for ACP control in residential citrus. USDA-ARS scientist Joseph Patt has developed a Japanese lantern-looking dispenser to lure the psyllid. Once trapped, the psyllid picks up fungal spores which consume the insect. Photo by Andrew Chow, USDA-ARS.
Asian citrus psyllids in the trap. Photo by Andrew Chow.
MaryLou Polek manages the CRB’s pest and disease research programs.
THIS PUMMELO-lemon hybrid tree in the Hacienda Heights residential area in southwestern Los Angeles is the first citrus tree in California found with Huanglongbing disease. The tree was quickly removed.
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