Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Oh My Darlin'

The Tallahassee Democrat is reporting that Florida, California and Arizona have all banned the import of Clementine oranges from South Africa. This follows the discovery of live larvae of the false codling moth (Cryptophlebia leucotreta) in Clementine crates at the California border and dead larvae on Florida's Clementine imports. U.S. officials are extremely cautious about letting this agricultural pest become established in this country, to the point where the Agricultural Research Service is proactively developing management protocols to be used in South Africa. Go ARS!

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