Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, is a bacterial disease of citrus plants cause by Candidatus Liberibacter spp. It is thought to have been primarily an insect endophyte, but made the jump to its alternative host – citrus plants – within the last 200 years.” [CABI Invasives Blog]
A recent study has found that dogs, particularly the Springer spaniels can be more accurate and efficient that the current methods used to identify Citrus trees infected by Citrus Greening disease. Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have investigated the potential of dogs as detectors of the disease, with the results published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this month.
Read more on this significant discovery at the CABI Invasives Blog. (Website Link)