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.