The Tijuana bug…crosses the border


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The Asian citrus psyllid, which is seen as a potential threat to the citrus industry in California, was last spotted in Tijuana several months ago, and I’ve been following its trajectory every since.

Part of my interest is that this blog apparently had its first “scoop” in a July 1 posting when I encountered a press release online about the bug being found in Tijuana (this is not a dig on the media…reporters are pressed for resources around the country as their staffs are being reduced).

Well, the psyillid apparently made it across the border. An insect trapped near the Sweetwater Reservoir in San Diego County was determined to be an Asian citrus psyllid by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to news media this week.

The good news: It didn’t test positive for the disease that can wreak havoc on the crops.

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2 responses to “The Tijuana bug…crosses the border

  1. Since you have covered the Asian citrus psyllid in the past, I thought you’d be interested in a few updates. First, Huanglongbing, also known as HLB or citrus greening disease has been discovered in Mexico, putting the citrus industry on high alert. Also, earlier this week, the psyllid was found in Orange County, the Los Angeles county. Get the most recent news release here: http://bit.ly/6nffw

    Teresa, on behalf of the California Citrus Research Board.

  2. Thanks for the info. Teresa! Will probably do an update on this topic this week. Anna

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