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Citrus industry eyes looming threat of sweet scab

Citrus industry eyes looming threat of sweet scab

Sweet orange scab, along with a cousin that's already in Florida and commonly called just "citrus scab," leaves lesions on the fruit rind, rendering it impossible to sell on the fresh market.

From the Ledger:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last month confirmed the first Florida cases of a fungal disease called sweet orange scab.

The scab disease has not surfaced yet in a commercial grove in Florida.

The USDA confirmed the first U.S. cases of the problem in commercial groves in Texas and Louisiana in August and later in Mississippi and Arizona.

The discovery came less than a year after the first Florida outbreak of citrus black spot, another fungal disease, and a little more than five years after the first confirmed case of citrus greening, a deadly bacterial disease.

Citrus Could Face New Threat

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