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US co-ordinates citrus greening control efforts

US government agencies have formed a multi-agency co-ordination group to tackle citrus greening disease or huanglongbing. The group represents the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Agricultural Research Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, state departments of agriculture and the citrus industry. It will provide the industry with a single contact point for all federal and state entities that work on citrus issues and enable collaboration on policy decisions, the establishment of priorities, the allocation of resources and the dissemination of information, the USDA points out. It is providing $1 million to support research on tackling the disease. Citrus greening is a bacterial disease spread by citrus psyllids. The states of Florida and Georgia are under quarantine for the disease, along with parts of California, Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas.

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