Citrus Greening Research

Citrus greening, a bacterial disease spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, is killing Florida’s citrus trees. The disease emerged in 2005 and since then citrus production slowed. The disease has reached the state of Texas. Dr. Erik Mirkov has been working on solutions to citrus greening and has developed an approach that uses spinach defensins to strengthen orange’s resistance to greening.

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