A new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences survey is saying that farmers in the state are reporting as much as 90 percent of their acreage and 80 percent of their trees are infected by the greening disease.
According to a post by University of Florida IFAS News, “Assistant professor Ariel Singerman and associate professor Pilar Useche, faculty members in the UF/IFAS food and resource economics department, surveyed about 200 growers to estimate their losses from the disease. They obtained about 76 completed surveys; those growers operate approximately 30 percent of Florida’s citrus acreage. They also estimate greening has reduced their yield by 41 percent.”
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Florida has lost about $7.8 billion in revenue, 162,200 citrus acres and 7,513 jobs to citrus greening since 2007, according to
Greening is a disease bacterium that travels through the veins of a tree after being introduced by the Asian Citrus Psyllid (pictured above). The tree is then starved of nutrients and produces smaller, misshapen fruits.