Published: Jul 05, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 05, 2011 7:51 PM EDT

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Jamaica has shuttered all citrus nurseries across the Caribbean island to try and check an invasive pest that can carry an incurable blight capable of devastating its $43 million commercial industry.

Jamaica's agriculture ministry announced Tuesday that the sale of citrus trees was prohibited to control "citrus greening" disease.

Percy Miller of the Jamaica Citrus Growers Limited says thousands of small farmers could be impacted.

The disease is officially known by its Chinese name, huanglongbing, or "yellow dragon disease" for its visual effect on leaves. It's carried by an aphid-like insect.

It has hurt citrus production in parts of China and infested millions of dead and dying trees in Florida and Brazil.

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