This project was funded by the following grant: The Direct Grower Assistance: Development and Evaluation of Citrus Grower Psyllid Management Programs 2008 awarded by the Florida Citrus Advanced Technology Program (FCATP08: Control of Citrus Greening
, Canker and Emerging Diseases of Citrus).
The critical funding will provide $4 million for short-term research projects to aid in citrus greening
, $2 million for construction of a laboratory and two new greenhouses in Chiefland, and more than $6 million for the Citrus Health Response and Management Area programs.
1), the Asian citrus psyllid, one of the vectors of the bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, causal agent of the deadly citrus greening
disease (Xuet al.
In recent weeks a plethora of news reports have reported on challenges facing the Florida citrus industry including the recent winter weather, causing colder-than-normal temperatures in central and southern Florida as well as potential damage from Citrus Greening
The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Hemiptera: Psyllidae), is an economically important pest of citrus in the United States, Asia and other parts of the world, as a vector of huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening
, which is considered one of the world's most serious diseases of citrus (Gottwald 2010).
Its biological efficacy and operational flexibility is a very welcome addition for Florida growers who now have a new tool in the battle to slow the spread of citrus greening
," said Maris Klavins, product manager for Marrone Bio Innovations.
The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Kuwayama) is currently the most significant insect pest of Florida citrus as the vector of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, the phloem-limited bacterium associated with citrus greening
disease, also known as huanglongbing (HLB).
Combined with recent diseases, including Citrus Greening
and Canker, it has stressed the U.
The Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri Kuwayama, is a vector of citrus greening
disease, which is the most serious disease of citrus.
With the citrus industry representing an important economic pillar in Central American countries, this project will aim to develop prevention and control capabilities for Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening
disease, in five countries affected by the disease (the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Nicaragua), as well as work to prevent the spread of HLB to two non-infected countries (El Salvador and Panama).
In addition to the rice project, The Center now is collaborating in several other critical research projects, including the comparison of soil health on organic and conventional farms and seeking organic solutions to citrus greening
Trioza erytreae Del Guercio and Diaphorina citri Kuwayama (Homoptera Psylloidea), the two vectors of citrus greening
disease: biological aspects and possible control strategies.