Don’t move ornamental citrus plants across state lines

By: By Tom Hallman - Special to The Union Times
Photo courtesy of USDA Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a winged insect no longer than a grain of rice.

CLEMSON — Among your top New Year’s resolutions: be sure you don’t carry citrus plants into Georgia.

The state of Georgia on Jan. 1, 2020, will adopt new regulations that make it illegal to import any citrus plant without a permit.

“This doesn’t affect citrus fruit, but it is an issue for South Carolina nurseries or citizens who buy citrus plants as ornamentals if they carry them across the state line,” said Steven Long, who leads the plant protection division of the Department of Plant Industry (DPI), a state regulatory unit housed at Clemson University.

“It’s part of an effort to stop the spread of significant pests and diseases like citrus canker, citrus greening and the Asian citrus psyllid,” Long said. “These are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and are significant problems both for the nursery and the fruit industry.”

South Carolina nurseries can contact DPI officials at Clemson for information on the requirements for authorization to ship citrus into Georgia.

The new Georgia regulation comes as a response to the needs of that state’s growing citrus industry, according to officials with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Photo courtesy of USDA Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a winged insect no longer than a grain of rice.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/web1_Fig-1B-adultpsyllid-300×213.jpgPhoto courtesy of USDA Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid, a winged insect no longer than a grain of rice.

By Tom Hallman

Special to The Union Times

Tom Hallman is with Public Service and Agriculture of Clemson University.

Tom Hallman is with Public Service and Agriculture of Clemson University.

[ajax_load_more seo="true" posts_per_page="1" offset="1" ontainer_type="div" repeater="template_1" post_type="post" transition="none" button_label="Next Article" category="Agriculture"]