Citrus Greening

Jessica Meszaros / WGCU News

A fungal disease is affecting all types of orange trees statewide right now. It’s called PFD, or post bloom fruit drop. The fungus causes oranges to fall off prematurely. El Niño weather patterns that brought rainy, foggy days this winter helped spread the disease. 

Florida Citrus Growers: Greening Infects 80 Percent Of Trees

Apr 25, 2016

The vast majority of Florida's citrus industry is being impacted by a bacterial disease known as citrus greening or Huanglongbing, according the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Florida researchers believe they are closer to a cure for citrus greening.

Citrus Forecast Improves But ‘Trying Times’ Remain

Mar 11, 2016

Citrus growers received some good news about the outlook for this year's crop, but the long-term prognosis remains dire for the industry threatened by greening disease.

Florida’s “brand” and $10-billion economic driver, the citrus industry, could be headed for collapse if stop-gap measures aren’t found to slow citrus greening, said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“What we don’t want to see is this catastrophic collapse of a 300,000 acre industry where you have fire sale real estate prices and you end up with a sprawl,” Putnam said.