The Alabama Department of Agriculture is determined to contain Citrus Canker before it becomes a major problem, said Kassie Conner, director of the Auburn University Plant Diagnostic Lab recently.
“The first trees that were found infected were in a landscape, and the trees had been purchased about a year prior and planted in a yard,” Conner said. “It had already spread to other citrus trees in that direct vicinity. When they traced it down to where the trees came from, the nursery that they bought the trees from actually had a lot of infected trees also. They’re thinking it may have come in on the plant material. This was in June.”
“But since then, we’ve also found it in Mobile County. It may have come in on plant material or it may have come up from Florida, but it seems to be established right now. The Department of Ag is going out and surveying and they are destroying trees that are infected to try to limit the spread of this disease. We’re eventually going to be put under a statewide quarantine for citrus canker, which means that you can’t move material out of the state.”