What is Integrated Pest Management(IPM)?

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment.

This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

MANAGEMENT of Huanglongbing

National and international quarantines are critical to minimize the potential of long-distance dissemination. Integrated pest management strategies are needed such as:

  • early detection,
  • chemical and biological control of the vectors,
  • potential chemical control of the Liberibacters using chemical and antibiotic treatments of trees,
  • isolation and protection of budwood sources and plant propagation in screened-in, insect-proof locations, and
  • development of resistant cultivars.

Huanglongbing

Huanglongbing has a complex pathosystem (an ecosystem based on parasitism). There are multiple strains, diverse hosts, several insect vectors, and different environmental conditions that affect the expression and spread of the disease. Three forms of the disease are known (Asian, African, and American), and these are associated with different species and strains of Liberibactors that are disseminated by different species of citrus psyllid insect vectors.

Vectors of the Liberibacters include citrus psyllids Diaphorina citri and Trioza erytreae. Huanglongbing can also be spread by grafting. Transmission can occur in the nursery and in the orchard.

Non-citrus hosts have been identified as alternate hosts for the Liberibacters and the citrus psyllids, but their role is still unclear in the epidemiology of the disease.

SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS of Huanglongbing

Huanglongbing (HLB) is a major disease of citrus that has caused catastrophic damage to citrus trees worldwide. The disease causes reduced fruit quality and yield, tree decline, and eventual tree death.

Symptoms are variable and can resemble several disorders of citrus. Typical symptoms include:

  • yellow shoots with pale green and yellow flushes;
  • non-symmetrical mottled leaves (shades of yellow and green on either side of the mid-rib);
  • thickened, leathery leaves;
  • enlarged, corky mid-ribs of leaves; and
  • leaves with zinc deficiency symptoms that include upright leaves in relation to the shoot (acute shoot-leaf angles).

Defoliation, fruit drop, and shoot dieback occurs in more advanced stages. Young trees may die soon after infection; whereas older trees may die in seven to nine years after infection.

Fruit symptoms include small, misshaped fruit that are lopsided or asymmetrical and exhibit color inversion from yellow to orange to green on the peduncle side while remaining green on the stylar end. The vascular tissue is brownish at the peduncle side of fruit. Seeds of affected fruit are small, brown, and aborted.

Bacillus

Bacillus, (genus Bacillus), any of a genus of rod-shaped, gram-positive, aerobic or (under some conditions) anaerobic bacteria widely found in soil and water. The term bacillus has been applied in a general sense to all cylindrical or rodlike bacteria.

The largest known Bacillus species, B. megaterium, is about 1.5 μm (micrometres; 1 μm = 10−6 m) across by 4 μm long. Bacillus frequently occur in chains.

bacterial cell