Alabama, Citrus CPN
Alabama is in the early stages of establishing a program for obtaining clean propagative material and establishing a foundation planting to maintain propagation materials of common commercial varieties and varieties unique to the region. Not only is there the need for clean propagation material, but there is also a need to educate both growers and home gardeners of the need to keep these diseases out of the state.
The citrus industry in Alabama currently is relatively small (~15,000 trees) and predominately Satsuma varieties, but is rapidly expanding to meet the demand of regional markets. In addition, there are citrus nurseries in the state that are projecting the production of 25,000 trees/yr for retail and wholesale markets. The establishment of a clean plant source to serve the industry in this state and the Southeast is crucial at this time. The growing areas for citrus are in close proximity to states with quarantined diseases, and plant material can be easily moved across state lines without detection.