Good news for Georgia citrus growers! After being forced to suspend our citrus greening testing of Georgia citrus samples back in March due to COVID-19, we are now able to restart this testing as of September 1st, 2020. In addition, we can now test samples for Citrus Canker as well as Citrus Greening, due to the receipt of additional funding.
In Fall 2020, samples will be accepted during the month of September. 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 citrus pathology extension program was awarded a grant from the 2019 USDA/AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to conduct a “Statewide survey of citrus greening caused by Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus” in 2020 and 2021. This means that each year, UGA Cooperative Extension Personnel can now accept a limited number of citrus samples for citrus greening testing free of charge (this usually costs $40 per sample). If you are a commercial citrus grower or if you have residential/backyard trees that may be suspect for this disease, please contact your local UGA Cooperative Extension office for further details regarding where, when, and how samples should be submitted to qualify for free testing. Samples must be submitted through a UGA Cooperative Extension Office. Both residential and commercial citrus samples (up to 25 samples per county per calendar year) will be accepted.
Additional guidelines and submission instructions can be found here. (Please note that the period for testing samples in Fall 2020 has been changed to September 1st through October 15th)