A University of Florida research team is cautiously optimistic after finding a possible treatment in the lab for citrus greening, a disease devastating Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry.
It is the first step in a years-long process to bring a treatment to market.
Claudio Gonzalez and Graciela Lorca led the research team that examined three biochemical treatments: phloretin, hexestrol and benzbromarone.
The team sprayed greenhouse tree shoots separately with one of the three biochemicals and were successful in stopping the bacteria’s spread, particularly with benzbromarone, which halted the bacteria in 80 percent of the infected trees’ shoots. They expect to begin field experiments with this treatment later this year.
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Many homeowners have suffered the loss of citrus trees to citrus greening. To help battle the insect vector that spreads the disease, you can ask the state to release a wasp that will aid in control.
- Growers, Researchers Seek Citrus Varieties Resistant to Citrus Greeningon November 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm
The displays featured some very recently discovered fresh fruit and juice hybrids, some being shown for the first time this year, and some from trees that appear to have a good tolerance for the ...
- Scientists advance citrus greening research effortson November 12, 2019 at 11:16 am
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- APNewsBreak: Federal funds for citrus greeningon November 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials said Thursday that they are allocating millions of dollars toward research to solve problems caused by the devastating citrus greening ...
- Citrus greening quarantine expands to Brazoria, Galveston countieson October 30, 2019 at 6:44 am
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- Citrus Greening Quarantine expands to Brazoria & Galveston Countieson October 24, 2019 at 5:20 am
According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, te citrus greening quarantine has expanded to Brazoria and Galveston counties. Cit rus greening - a devastating bacterial disease - is one of ...
- Texas expands citrus greening quarantine areaon October 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm
Photo courtesy California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program ) The quarantined area for citrus greening disease in Texas has expanded to Brazoria and Galveston counties. More than two dozen ...
- Citrus greening quarantine expands to Brazoria, Galveston countieson October 23, 2019 at 8:00 am
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- Washington, Florida scientists think they have potential citrus greening breakthroughon October 3, 2019 at 9:06 am
GAINESVILLE — Researchers at Washington State University, along with colleagues at the University of Florida, may have discovered a long-sought holy grail in the quest to stem citrus greening, the ...
- Farmers, researchers try to hold off deadly citrus greening long enough to find cureon August 28, 2019 at 4:17 am
The disease is called huanglongbing or HLB—more commonly known as citrus greening. It has decimated groves in Asia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Florida, and is now spreading in California.
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