Syngenta’s version for managing citrus greening
Another critical point for growers is to start with disease-free plants. In response, Florida has established a production model where all citrus seedlings must be produced in enclosed greenhouses. The overall U.S. citrus nursery industry is moving in that direction as well.
Identifying and removing infected trees are big challenges. In Florida, the disease was so widespread by the time it was detected, eradication was impractical. In California and Texas, researchers are pursuing more efficient ways to detect the disease in trees not yet exhibiting symptoms and are hoping early awareness of HLB will prevent the rapid advancement of the disease that Florida has faced.
“Many a boogeyman has spooked citrus growers over the years,” Taylor said. “But citrus greening isn’t folklore. It has the potential to put people out of business, so taking the right steps to decelerate its spread is the best defense, for now.”
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