Plant disease controlled before causing threat

By Peter Kent

Diseases plantA plant disease that presents a serious threat to the citrus industry has been located in South Carolina for the first time. Federal and state plant-health officials confirmed the presence of citrus greening, which produces fruit that is bitter and unmarketable.

The disease was first discovered in a leaf sample from a residential property in Charleston County. Clemson Department of Plant Industry officials established restrictions and a quarantine to prohibit the movement of citrus plants and other hosts from the area, and removed the infected trees.

Citrus inspections will continue throughout the state. Outreach and education to nurseries, plant dealers and citrus hobbyists has been conducted as well to make them aware of the disease and its potential impact on the U.S. citrus industry.

For information: Christel Harden, 864-646-2135, charden@