Emerging Pest Alert

USDA support of citrus canker eradication efforts terminated

Scientific Name: Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri

Describer: nan

Common Name: Citrus Canker

Title: USDA support of citrus canker eradication efforts terminated


Significance: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) no longer considers eradication of citrus canker to be a reasonable objective and is now focusing efforts to suppress the bacteria. The USDA will no longer fund tree removal that is done in an effort to eradicate. This decision is a result of scientific research that suggests Hurricane Wilma may have spread the disease to an estimated 168,000 to 220,000 acres of commercial citrus, this is in addition to the more than 80,000 acres that were affected by the 2004 hurricanes.


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Press Release, January 11, 2006. http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/press/2006/01112006_2.html

The Ledger On-line. January 12, 2006. USDA Pulls Funding for Citrus Canker Fight. http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060112/NEWS/601120366