Detection of Huanglongbing or Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) in Trinidad

Publication Date
Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 20:24
Last Updated
July 7, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
Report Number
TTO-10/4
Country
Trinidad and Tobago
Report Status
Preliminary
Hosts
Rutaceae Family; Citrus spp. Plants in the genus produce citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons, grapefruit and limes
Pest Status
  • Present: subject to official control
Geographical Distribution
Identified in one county (St. George West) in Trinidad and is currently subjected to a delimiting survey.
Summary

The first Trinidad and Tobago detection of Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus, or citrus greening, in Trinidad.The presence of Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) was confirmed in plant tissue samples (leaves) collected from a citrus (lime) tree located in Curepe, County St. George West (North Trinidad). The samples were tested at the University of Florida, Plant Diagnostic Center (UF/IFAS), Gainesville, Florida, USA . The following actions were initiated: delimiting survey, public awareness programme. An integrated pest management approach for HLB is being promoted.

Danger
HLB is particularly devastating because of its severe yield reduction in citrus trees, followed by tree decline, the absence of resistant citrus varieties, and the limited control measures to prevent disease progression and pathogen spread by the vector, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP, Diaphorina citri).
Contact for info
IPPC Official Contact Point Ministry of Agriculture Land and Fisheries Research Division, Central Experiment Station, Caroni North Bank Road, Via Arima Post Office, Centeno, Trinidad and Tobago dramroop@hotmail.com dramroop@fp.gov.tt 1-868 – 646-4335-7 1-868-642-6008
Report files
Detection of Huanglongbing or Citrus Greening (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus) in Trinidad – First Report
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