- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona is expanding a citrus quarantine because of increased detections of a tiny insect already threatening Florida’s citrus industry.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that is expanding an existing quarantine in the Yuma area due to the Asian Citrus Psyllid.

The expansion adds western Pima County. The department is also adding a new area around Nogales.

The psyllid can carry a disease called citrus greening disease.

According to the department, the disease hasn’t yet been found in Arizona but it’s getting closer.

State quarantines restrict movement of potential carriers such as uncertified fruit, leaves or plants, and Arizona requires treatment of any commercial citrus groves or nursery where the disease has been detected.


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