Did you have a glass of orange juice this morning?
If so, you may want to know that the simple pleasures brought to us by citrus fruit are under attack from a disease called citrus greening or yellow dragon disease.
It’s caused by bacteria that cripple citrus trees by choking off their internal circulation system. Citrus greening is believed to have reached the U.S. from China in the early 2000s.
Responding to new threats to food crops is a never-ending task for agricultural scientists. Their work is complex, spans years, and is sometimes expensive. But it keeps us fed – and free to drink our orange juice in the morning.
--Dr. E. Kristen Peters CNHI News Service