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ALERT: Citrus Canker Confirmed in Georgia

On June 14th, 2022, the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) announced that citrus canker has been confirmed within a commercial citrus grove in Decatur County, Georgia. This bacterial disease, which is subject to USDA-APHIS quarantine regulations, is widespread within Florida, and has also been found previously in Louisiana (2014), Texas…
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New Submission Protocol for Citrus Greening and Citrus Canker Testing – Spring 2022

Due to recent personnel changes within the UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, we’ve had to make changes to the protocol for submission of citrus samples for viral and bacterial testing. Bulk samples mailed to the laboratory for routine testing for the bacterial diseases citrus greening (HLB) and citrus canker cannot…
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Citrus Greening AND Citrus Canker Testing for Commercial and Residential Citrus in Fall 2021

As part of our 2021 disease survey efforts, we will begin accepting samples from within Georgia for free citrus greening and citrus canker testing on September 1st. Sample testing will be carried out by the UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Tifton, GA. Here’s the original announcement regarding this testing program: My…
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Citrus Tissue Analysis

July and August are the best months to collect leaf samples for tissue analysis while nutrient concentrations are the most stable.  Each sample should not represent more than 20 acres and can be taken from 15-20 trees.  Select only one leaf from each shoot that is between 4-6 months of…
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‘Owari’ Satsuma Rootstock Trial Summary 2019 & 2020

By: Jake Price (UGA Extension, Lowndes County, GA – ) and Dr. Kim Bowman (Rootstock geneticist, Ft. Pierce, FL – ) Purpose: Identify the best commercially-available rootstocks for ‘Owari’ satsumas, based upon effects on fruit yield, fruit quality, cold-hardiness, tree health, fruit size, and tree size. Background: In 2014, Lowndes Extension began…
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Citrus Greening AND Citrus Canker Testing for Commercial and Residential Citrus in 2021

As part of our 2021 disease survey efforts, we will begin accepting samples from within Georgia for free citrus greening and citrus canker testing on March 1st. Sample testing will be carried out by the UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Tifton, GA. Here’s the original announcement regarding this testing program: My…
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