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June 28, 2016


Charlaine Harris

Well, I never! As Monty Python might say. I guess there's no use asking the trees to spit into a vial so their DNA can be identified . . .

Ann Mason.

I say we build a fence around Florida and keep foreign bacteria out of the country.

Or shoot them. It's my constitutional right.

Love, Donald


(Neil) Too late, Ann. It's all over Texas and it's arrived in California. It's spread by psyllids and they can fly.


(Neil) You're right, Charlaine. Trees take the fifth a lot too.

Dean James

I suppose it's just as well, then, that I don't drink orange juice...


Not drinking orange juice does mean you dodge one of the main impacts of HLB, but citrus oils and other flavourings derived from the fruit are some of the most widely used ingredients in the food industry. And let's not even think about the consequences for those who like a G&T, martini, or Margarita...


I'm running right out to build a fence around my orange tree and make florida pay for it.

(Thanks, Neil, for a great primer.)

Elaine Viets

Thanks right, blame the victim, poor old Florida. Once again, it's foreigners causing this -- the Plantagents!

Elaine Viets

I meant, the Plantagenets. See, they made me mess this up.


Hi all. Glad my substitute kept you entertained!

Hank Phillippi Ryan

This is so fascinating. And chilling. It's only one example of how we have no control. Thank you, dear Neil! I think.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

We had boxwood psyllids, and the garden person said--oh, they;ll just go away.


Thanks for a compelling (and kinda scary) post, Neil! Eek! But very cool science!

Cherie O'Boyle

Fascinating. The wonder and joy of dogs never ceases to amaze. My border collies and I have only been learning nose-work for a few weeks, but if you ever need to find birch, cloves,...or the cat, we've got you covered.

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