Citrus trees affected by a disease called “greening” are burned in June in a grove owned by the Hunt Bros. Cooperative in Lake Wales, Fla. The Hunt family owns 5,000-plus acres of groves and is part of the co-op that contributes to Florida's Natural, the third largest juice brand in the country. Florida's $9 billion citrus industry is facing its biggest threat yet by a tiny invasive bug called the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries bacteria that are left behind when the psyllid feeds on a citrus tree's leaves.
Citrus trees affected by a disease called “greening” are burned in June in a grove owned by the Hunt Bros. Cooperative in Lake Wales, Fla. The Hunt family owns 5,000-plus acres of groves and is part of the co-op that contributes to Florida's Natural, the third largest juice brand in the country. Florida's $9 billion citrus industry is facing its biggest threat yet by a tiny invasive bug called the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries bacteria that are left behind when the psyllid feeds on a citrus tree's leaves. Tamara Lush AP
Citrus trees affected by a disease called “greening” are burned in June in a grove owned by the Hunt Bros. Cooperative in Lake Wales, Fla. The Hunt family owns 5,000-plus acres of groves and is part of the co-op that contributes to Florida's Natural, the third largest juice brand in the country. Florida's $9 billion citrus industry is facing its biggest threat yet by a tiny invasive bug called the Asian citrus psyllid, which carries bacteria that are left behind when the psyllid feeds on a citrus tree's leaves. Tamara Lush AP

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August 20, 2014 9:56 AM

Insect threatens Florida citrus, drives up prices

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