In the news: The fight against greening

WUFT.org, a local Florida outlet features “The Greening Series,” which discusses why the orange is so important to Florida. The article notes that according to University of Florida researchers, every grove across the state of Florida may be infected with HLB, which has considerably damaged the citrus industry.

An article at SanLuisObispo.com reports that the Asian citrus psyllid is spreading deeper into San Luis Obispo County and has now been detected in a residential neighborhood in Cayucos, Calif. Therefore, the state will implement a quarantine restricting the movement of citrus nursery stock and fruit in the area. Of note, similar coverage appeared on KSBY.com.

MyFoxOrlando.com posted an Associated Press article chronicling the invasion of the Asian citrus psyllid, which is threatening the Florida Citrus industry. The article notes that in an effort to combat citrus greening, researchers are concentrating on a short-term solution that will allow existing trees to survive and a long-term solution to develop a greening resistant tree.

TheEpochTimes.com: An article discusses citrus greening disease and lists 10 things consumers should know about Florida citrus, its history and the disease ravaging the industry. The article included details about famous citrus farmers, famous people that have promoted Florida OJ in the past, how citrus greening emerged and the effects it has had on the industry. Of note, similar coverage appeared on KnoxNews.com.

A piece at MyFoxOrlando.com chronicles the impact of citrus greening on Florida orange groves, highlighting that 95 to 98 percent of citrus groves have been infected by the disease. The article notes that a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida’s Nano Science Technology Center are working to develop nano science that will stop citrus canker and citrus greening, which could potentially be available in commercial markets within two to three years.

TheMonitor.com reports that more than 500 trees in commercial fields of the Rio Grande Valley have been affected by citrus greening, compromising the future of the Rio Red grapefruit, as well as commercial operations worth $150 million. The article notes that hundreds of trees have been sprayed with pesticides and removed from properties across the Valley.