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IFAS – UF scientists work to protect citrus industry


Scientists at University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) are researching ways to grow healthy, disease-free citrus trees.

Scientists discovered if new citrus trees are covered immediately when they are planted with mesh, it prevents disease-carrying insects from harming the trees. It also helps the trees grow better.

The mesh stays there for two years and increases the likelihood they will be disease-free as they enter the fruit-producing stage. With the deadly citrus greening disease, this could be vital to preventing more damage to citrus plants, the crop Florida is well known for.

Cyndee Woolley, APR, C2 Communications

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