Citrus agribusiness faces major economic losses due to bacterial diseases (Caserta et al., 2020). Citrus canker (CC) and citrus variegated chlorosis (CVC) caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc) and Xylella fastidiosa subsp. pauca (Xfp), respectively, are important threats in commercial citrus orchards. All sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) commercial varieties are susceptible to both pathogens, and no natural resistance has been found so far.