Tag: Greening

UF/IFAS scientist’s work with Brazilian citrus greening genome could aid Florida industry

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida researcher has mapped the DNA genome of a new strain of citrus greening that could further threaten Florida’s beleaguered $9 billion citrus industry. Knowing the genetic makeup of the various strains… Read More

Citrus greening bacterium may “ring the dinner bell” to attract insect

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. The bacterium responsible for citrus greening causes infected trees to give off a scent that rings the dinner bell for the disease-carrying insect, University of Florida researchers say. This finding… Read More

Citrus greening costs $3.63 billion in lost revenues and 6,611 jobs, new UF study shows

Since 2006, the bacterial disease citrus greening has cost Florida’s economy an estimated $3.63 billion in lost revenues and 6,611 jobs by reducing orange juice production, according to a new study from the University of Florida’s Institute of… Read More

Disease-carrying Asian citrus psyllids find refuge in abandoned groves, UF study shows

Cutline at bottom. Click here for high-resolution image. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For years, citrus growers have feared that abandoned groves provided refuge for the Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive insect that transmits citrus greening—now, University of Florida researchers… Read More

UF-led team sequences first-ever citrus genomes; discovery may help thwart greening

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A University of Florida-led group of international scientists has assembled the genome sequences for two citrus varieties—sweet orange and Clementine mandarin—marking a first for citrus. The Clementine mandarin sequence is the higher quality of the… Read More