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Fighting a Citrus Killer

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release, Research 25 Comments

By Sean Nealon, UC Riverside A team of scientists, led by a group at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fight a disease that is devastating the citrus industry. The team, led by Caroline Roper, an associate professor of plant pathology, will design and identify bactericides, which are …

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USDA Invests in Citrus Greening Research

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release 27 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Monitoring Plant Metabolism to Detect HLB

Taylor Hillman Citrus, Technology 28 Comments

Huanglongbing (HLB) pre-screening through analyzing plant metabolism holds potential to be a relatively inexpensive option for growers. Caroline Slupsky, professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science and the Department of Technology at the University of California, Davis, is looking at the metabolism of citrus trees and analyzing changes as indicators of stress and disease.