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Which bug is the biggest agricultural pest in Florida?

Right now it’s probably the Asian citrus psyllid, a small flying insect that’s the vector of the presumptive cause of citrus greening disease, the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. The disease cost Florida citrus growers $4.5 billion in lost revenues between 2006 and 2011, causing the loss of more than 8,200 jobs.

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Figure 1. Adult Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama.

Photograph by Douglas L. Caldwell, University of Florida.

Read more about the Asian citrus psyllid.

UF/IFAS is doing some great research on combating the Asian citrus psyllid, much of which takes place at the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

 

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