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Asian citrus psyllid found in Ojai Valley

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Updated: 1/08 1:38 pm

OJAI, Calif. (AP) — The California Department of Food and Agriculture says the Asian citrus psyllid has been found in Ojai Valley.

The Ventura County Star reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1dwmjRz ) that the pest, which can carry the disease known as citrus greening, was discovered last month in a tangerine tree on a residential lot next to commercial citrus orchards.

Agriculture officials are using pesticides to treat the Ojai Valley trees where the psyllid was found and nearby properties. Commercial growers have said they would treat their own trees.

Citrus greening has no cure and threatens California's $1.8 billion citrus industry. The insect most recently has been found in Tulare, Kern and Fresno counties.

So far the disease has been found only in one tree in California — in the Hacienda Heights section of Los Angeles.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com

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