Calif. Valencia oranges see declining production, possible bacterial threat

07/8/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Valencia orange growers in Southern California have already seen their groves shrink amid water shortages and restrictions; now, a tiny insect called the Asian citrus psyllid carries a deadly bacterial disease that threatens to wipe out entire crops. Valencias were once California's most widely grown citrus crop, with groves covering 123,000 acres; today, only 38,000 acres remain.

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