UF seeks trees that survive in greening-infected groves

05/02/2013 07:32:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

If you have a citrus tree or trees that seem to be flourishing in an otherwise citrus greening-ravaged grove, the University of Florida wants to hear from you.

Citrus researchers and Extension agents with the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences want to identify trees that may have genes that allow them to resist or at least tolerate the citrus greening bacterium, according to a grower newsletter.

"We need your help in reporting to us about escape trees or potential survivor trees in your grove," Mongi Zekri, Hendry County citrus Extension agent, wrote.

Contact Zekri at (863) 674-4092 or any other citrus Extension agent to determine if your trees meet the research criteria.

Citrus greening, also known as huanglongbing or HLB, is caused by a bacteria that's harmless to animals but at times lethal for citrus trees.



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