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Citrus threat from infested curry leaf plant averted

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GardenDrum

August 21, 2013
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Adult Asian Citrus psyllid

Prohibited curry leaf plant leaves and roots infested with Asian citrus psyllid, a main carrier of citrus greening (Huanglongbing (HLB) disease, have been seized at Melbourne Airport.

Passengers arriving from India were trying to bring in the infested Murraya koenigii leaves and roots into Australia when they were discovered by alert biosecurity officers from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forest (DAFF).

Australia is still free of citrus greening (HLB) disease, which is devastating citrus growing throughout Asia and eastern USA. It kills even mature trees and is causing great damage to the Florida orange industry. You can read more about citrus greening in the news here.

How is it that people are still either too stupid or too arrogant to recognise the importance of not bring live plant material into Australia?

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