Saturday, May 11, 2013

Disease with no cure ravages Florida citrus fruit crop

Florida citrus growers are battling their biggest threat in history as a disease with the potential to decimate orange crops sweeps the state.

Called citrus greening, the bacterial disease causes the fruits of orange and grapefruit trees to turn bitter and fall uselessly to the ground.

First spotted in 2005, the disease has been spreading ever since and now affects all 32 of the Sunshine State’s citrus-growing counties.