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Kaolin Clay May Be Viable Option to Protect Citrus Trees from Asian Citrus Psyllid, UF/IFAS Researchers Say

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida citrus growers have begun taking notice of kaolin clay, a powdery white compound, because it can cause Asian citrus psyllids to “not take notice” of their groves. Long… Read More

Laser Technology May Be a Key to Rehabilitating Greening-Diseased Citrus Trees

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida scientist hopes to improve on laser technology to enhance the efficiency of spray solutions aimed at restoring vitality to greening-affected citrus trees and reducing amounts of chemicals applied…. Read More

Young Citrus Trees May Benefit From Full Irrigation Regardless of HLB Status, UF/IFAS Researchers Say

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mature citrus trees affected by the bacterial disease Huanglongbing typically need about 25 percent less irrigation than their healthy counterparts – but that doesn’t necessarily mean young trees with… Read More

UF/IFAS Research: Citrus Tree Covers Keep Deadly Psyllids Away

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists are finding that by covering new citrus trees with mesh, they can keep disease-carrying insects from harming the plants. That could be a big step toward stemming the… Read More

‘CUPS’ Protects Citrus From Greening, Storms

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A system designed to protect citrus trees from the deadly greening disease withstood the ravaging winds of Hurricane Irma last year, University of Florida scientists say. With reinforcements installed after the storm,… Read More

A Day in the Life of a UF/IFAS Extension Citrus Agent: Steve Futch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Steve Futch’s official office is located in Lake Alfred at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center. But most days you’ll find him working out of his other office — his car… Read More

UF/IFAS launches new podcast for citrus producers

By Ruth Borger GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Southeast AgNet are partnering to provide the latest news on citrus-related research in a monthly podcast. The podcast,… Read More

New UF/IFAS Citrus Production Guide Helps Growers Survive in the Age of HLB

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus… Read More