Researchers To Study Using Microbes To Combat Citrus Canker (The Ledger)

Researchers To Study Using Microbes To Combat Citrus Canker

University of Florida researchers hope to use tiny microbes already in Florida citrus groves to fight the citrus canker.   

Researchers will explore how to take what is already known about the way microbes help trees fight off citrus canker and develop an economically feasible foliage spray to reduce the pathogen that causes the lesions on fruit and leaves.  

A $749,990 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture was recently awarded for the study to be conducted by microbiologist and cell science professor Nian Wang and Chris Oswalt, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension agent for citrus in Polk and Hillsborough counties.

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