Third quarantine zone created due to citrus greening

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POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:38pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:21am

State agriculture officials established a third quarantine zone in Hidalgo County as a result of citrus greening.

The new quarantine area covers a five mile radius of the La Blanca area where dozens of trees tested positive for citrus greening.  Citrus greening is a destructive plant bacteria that prevents citrus plants from getting the nourishment they need.

Experts at the Texas A&M Kingsville Citrus Center worry there could soon be a Valley-wide quarantine.

"We are just over two years from the first find which was in San Juan, which was the first quarantine area in some orchards there," said Dr. John Dagraca, Director of the Citrus Center.  "The second was in Mission, and now the latest confirmed find is in a residential area in La Blanca. So it does indicate the disease is more widespread than we had previously known, and we may see a Valley-wide quarantine, but hopefully not just yet."

If you have citrus trees on your property that you suspect may have citrus greening, Dr. Dagraca says you can call 956-580-1917 to have your trees inspected.

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