DISCUSSION: Over the course of time, it is well-understood that a combination of disease and natural disasters has the inherent ability to bring a variety of fruit and/or vegetable species to a very weakened state. This exact scenario recently played out across the state of Florida in the southeastern United States. When Hurricane Irma impacted much of the state of Florida back in mid-September of 2017, it goes without saying that there was tremendous amount of large-scale damage which was inflicted on a good portion of southern, central, and some parts of northern Florida. Having said that, one of the more sensitive types of plants which call Florida their home are the primary citrus plants. Such citrus plants include (but are certainly not limited to) orange, grapefruits, and tangerines. With the strong onshore flow associated with the eastern half of Hurricane Irma impacting the Floridian Peninsula, this consequently acted to knock a major percentage of the net citrus fruit harvest out of commission.
Furthermore, in addition to all of the citrus crop production potential lost due to the immediate impacts from Hurricane Irma, there are also major issues pertaining to a term referred to as citrus greening. It is during this process that citrus plants are infected with a certain type of parasitic insect and is particularly effectively spread during events such as hurricane landfalls.
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