Florida gets $9 million to study citrus greening disease

At a citrus farm in Immokalee, Citrus Horticulturist Bob Rouse is the project leader for coming up with a solution to fight the citrus greening disease that has been killing trees.  The disease is carried by an insect from Asia. The research Rouse has been doing to fight the disease is working so far, the solution is applied to the trees three times a year, and they have seen the trees come back.

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At a citrus farm in Immokalee, Citrus Horticulturist Bob Rouse is the project leader for coming up with a solution to fight the citrus greening disease that has been killing trees. The disease is carried by an insect from Asia. The research Rouse has been doing to fight the disease is working so far, the solution is applied to the trees three times a year, and they have seen the trees come back.

ORLANDO — Florida is getting $9 million to study the citrus greening disease.

The $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation in Lake Alfred, Fla.

The Lake Alfred research project is working to halt greening by stopping the ability of insects to spread the disease from infected trees to healthy ones.

Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that can weaken a tree's productivity. By some estimates, it has cost Florida $3.6 billion in lost orange juice production and jobs.

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