Strategies for Improving Citrus Greening Research – New Report April 10

Citrus greening, a bacterial disease of citrus spread by the Asian citrus psyllid insect, is the most serious threat to the citrus-growing industry worldwide. The disease is complex, destructive, and resistant to management, and is now widespread within the state of Florida, despite substantial allocation of funds toward its research by state citrus growers and federal and state agencies.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies ways to manage the research to accelerate the development of durable tools and strategies that could help abate the damage caused by citrus greening and prevent the total collapse of Florida’s citrus industry.

Advance copies of A Review of the Citrus Greening Research and Development Efforts Supported by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation: Fighting a Ravaging Disease will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT on Monday, April 9. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 10. Reporters who wish to obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.