OMAHA (DTN) -- Citrus canker has been confirmed in New Orleans by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine.
Louisiana State University plant scientist Raj Singh of LSU's AgCenter said Louisiana is just the second state where the disease has been identified.
"The disease was first detected in Florida in 1910, and after its initial detection, the disease was declared eradicated twice -- in 1933 and 1994," Singh said. Citrus canker was again detected for a third time in Florida in 1995.
Citrus canker is a bacterial disease thought to have originated in southeastern Asia.