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Researchers at  the University of Florida Institute of Agricultural Sciences have been awarded more than $13.4 million for four studies to help fight citrus greening, the devastating disease that threatens Florida’s $10 billion citrus industry.

The projects are funded through the Specialty Crop Initiative Citrus Disease Research and Education (CDRE) program, which is made available through the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill.

The following UF/IFAS research projects were funded:

UF/IFAS is also a partner on many of USDA’s HLB Multi-Agency Coordination grants that are funding near-term tools and solutions for growers.

“UF/IFAS has more than 150 scientists working to find viable solutions for Florida citrus producers,” said Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. “These funds support research that has shown promise for both short and long-term methods to fight greening. They are an investment in the future of the industry.”

Research will be conducted at UF/IFAS’ Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred and Gainesville campuses.