Antibiotic Injections Could Help Better Kill Citrus Greening Bacteria (WLRN)

Antibiotic Injections Could Help Better Kill Citrus Greening Bacteria

Researchers at the University of Florida released a study this month in the journal Phytopathology, saying there’s a way to more quickly and efficiently kill bacteria that causes citrus greening disease.

Experiments have shown that injecting antibiotics directly into an infected citrus tree trunk is much more effective than spraying.

“When you’re spraying the bactericides onto the tree, the products have to go through the waxy layer on the leaf’s surface to get into the leaf tissue where the bacteria live,” said Michael Rogers, director of the Citrus Research and Education Center within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.

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