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Citrus bugs that are bugging us and their management
by Tom Wirht
on April 23, 2012 at 7:58 PM
PCR must be a type of test? What would trigger testing, presumable another infected tree? ie the one in Hacienda Heights? What would be a reasonable area to test the surrounding trees given the time that had elapsed since a tree shows signs? How long would you retest that area to be sure you have singled out every infected tree?
Reply by Elizabeth E Grafton-Cardwell
on April 27, 2012 at 8:54 AM
PCR is polymerase chain reaction and it is a molecular test that can detect the presence of the bacteria in the psyllid or plant tissue. CDFA and the science advisory panel have been working together to determine how often and for how long the trees in the area of the infected tree (now removed) should be tested. There should be a decision on that soon.
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