Using detector dogs as an early-warning system for a deadly citrus disease, Ventura County farmers have begun removing more than 200 trees after the dogs alerted them to the presence of the bacteria that cause the disease.

Huanglongbing — also known as HLB or citrus greening — has been found in residential citrus trees in Southern California but has not yet been detected in a commercial California grove. The disease has damaged and killed trees in Florida and other citrus-growing regions.

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