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85624 is a Postal Code in Santa Cruz County.


85624 a.k.a. Lethal yellowing is a phytoplasma disease that attacks many species of palms, including some commercially important species such as the coconut and date palm. It is spread by the planthopper Haplaxius crudus which is native to Florida, parts of the Caribbean and Central America . Infected plants will normally die in 3 to 6 months. The only effective cure is prevention, i.e. planting resistant varieties of coconut palm and preventing a park or 'golf course like' environments which attracts the planthopper. Some cultivars, such as the Jamaica Tall coconut cultivar nearly died out by lethal yellowing. Heavy turf grasses and similar green ground cover will attract the planthopper to lay its eggs and the nymphs develop at the roots of these grasses. The planthoppers eggs and nymphs may pose a great threat to coconut growing countries' economies, into which grass seeds for golf courses and lawns are imported from the Americas. It is not clearly understood how the disease was spread to East Africa as the planthopper Haplaxius crudus is not native in East Africa.

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