Florida Fights to Stop Citrus Canker

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Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2275-2276
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2275

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State officials hoping to wipe out citrus canker, an incurable disease that threatens Florida's $8 billion citrus industry, have chopped down more than 1.8 million infected and exposed trees. In fact, the canker eradication effort, which has cost over $200 million, is the biggest single government-run program ever devoted to a plant disease. But where chain saws are screaming, so are homeowners who want to save their trees. The citrus industry is just as adamant that the efforts continue.