Tag: Citrus

$3.5 Million USDA Grant Could Help Florida’s Grapefruit Industry

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Florida’s grapefruit industry, devastated by citrus greening, may find hope in four ½-acre white-mesh screenhouses in a research field in Fort Pierce thanks to a $3.5 million grant from the U.S…. Read More

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 used to protect… 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. With the updated… 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, “All in for… Read More

UF/IFAS Research: Control of Citrus Flush Timing Could Improve Psyllid Control

By Tom Nordlie GAINESVILLE, Fla. — They say timing is everything in life, and that’s certainly true of the Asian citrus psyllid, which has devastated Florida agriculture for the past decade by transmitting citrus greening disease, also known… Read More

Early Findings Show Plant Hormone May Help in Citrus Greening Fight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists think a group of hormones may eventually help growers battle citrus greening, but they still want to study them before recommending growers use the chemical. Fernando Alferez, an assistant professor of… Read More

UF/IFAS Researchers Give Nutrient Recommendations for Citrus Greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As Florida citrus growers look to recover from the damages of Hurricane Irma and continue to cope with citrus greening, University of Florida scientists suggest using a complete and balanced nutrient program in their groves…. Read More

UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

By Robin Koestoyo FORT PIERCE, Fla.– Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of… Read More

Citrus Research and Development Foundation accepting applications for COO

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Citrus Research and Development Foundation has launched a search for its next chief operating officer. Located at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Center in Lake Alfred, Florida, the CRDF is a direct support organization… Read More