Florida avocado industry fights devastating disease

05/31/2013 11:34:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Neal Palmer “Pal” Brooks, owner, as well as other Brooks personnel, serve on subcommittees that deal with the issue.

Documented spread

Charlie Caves, plant manager of New Limeco LLC, Princeton, said the Florida Avocado Administrative Committee is sponsoring aerial surveys that show the disease continuing to spread.

He said growers continue to apply different sprays.

Caves said grove scouting remains key.

If any tree is suspect, samples are taken, sent to the University of Florida for testing. If a tree tests positive, growers immediately destroy it to prevent jeopardizing other trees, he said.

“We are taking it seriously and are doing whatever we can to take action on it and prevent it from spreading,” Caves said. “It’s still sporadic, and we’ve had it like everyone else ... If people don’t do something about affected trees, it can spread. It hasn’t reached the point of citrus greening, though.”

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