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Fighting citrus green

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.

Photo by KELLI STANKO

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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  • Horticulturist Bob Rouse stands in the citrus groves of the Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee.  Rouse is the project leader for finding a solution to end the citrus green disease brought here by an insect from Asia.  Rouse explains that the research he has done is working and bringing back the dying trees.  The trees are treated three times a year and take a year to see healthy results.
  • 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.
  • The discoloration and blotchiness on the citrus leaves is evidence that the citrus green disease has infected the tree, the leaves then fall off and the tree's die.
  • Citrus Horticulturist Bob Rouse, foreground, instructs his assistant Lucas Vidaurri to spray a citrus tree that is making a come back from a disease carried by an insect from Asia.  This particular area of the citrus grove is the research grounds they are testing formulas to kill the citrus green disease.
  • Citrus Horticulturist Bob Rouse, foreground, instructs his assistant Lucas Vidaurri to spray a citrus tree that is making a come back from a disease carried by an insect from Asia.  This particular area of the citrus grove is the research grounds they are testing formulas to kill the citrus green disease.
  • These citrus groves in Immokalee were once heavily infected with a disease called citrus green, carried by an insect introduced from Asia.  Because of the research done by Bob Rouse and his team at the Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee, they have found a formula that treats the trees three times a year killing off the disease.

Bob Rouse and his team at the Southwest Florida Research & Education Center in Immokalee have found a formula that treats trees three times a year killing off the citrus green disease.

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