Fungal ‘scab’ disease brings concerns for citrus farmers

Issue Date: December 25, 2013
By Kate Campbell

California citrus growers are gearing up to face a new crop challenge—sweet orange scab, a fungal disease that results in unsightly, scab-like lesions on fruit skin. Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed in October the fungus was present in two separate commercial groves in Imperial County, experts had hoped the pathogen could be contained there, with the desert environment serving as a buffer for the state's major citrus-growing areas.

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