Citrus Industry eNews: HLB Resistance Genes; Fresh Sales Slump

Tacy Citrus, Florida

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Erik Mirkov

Spinach Genes May Stop Deadly Citrus Disease
Erik Mirkov, a plant pathologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, has transferred two genes from spinach into citrus trees, apparently providing resistance to citrus greening disease. Read the details.

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Duke Chadwell

Sales Slump for Florida’s Fresh Citrus
Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell projects that Florida will ship the least amount of fresh citrus ever this season, and tells why. Listen to his report.

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Click on the links below to read or hear the stories.
Grower/Harvester Shares Citrus Black Spot Experience
Why Orange Juice Sales Took a Heavy Hit
Alexander Ready for Life after Legislature
Citrus Black Spot Continuing to Spread in Florida
FDOC Tries Targeting Young Women
New UF Research on Citrus Greening Bacterium
Peaches a Lucrative Crop Here
Mexico: Citrus Demand Increased
Southern African Citrus Production to Rise in 2012

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Mark Manuel

Grower May Use Parts of an Advanced Citrus System
Grower Mark Manuel attended an advanced citrus production system field day at Gardinier Florida Citrus groves near Indiantown recently. He tells what he learned and what he may do with the knowledge. Learn more.

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University of Florida researcher Jude Grosser

USDA scientist Wayne Hunter

Grower Ben McLean III

Researchers, Citrus Growers Get Value from Regulatory Session
Researchers and citrus growers obtained good information from federal regulators at a workshop in Lake Alfred last week on the process for converting research into commercial products to battle HLB and canker. University of Florida researcher Jude Grosser and USDA scientist Wayne Hunter tell why they were at the meeting and how it helped them. Grower Ben McLean III, a member of the hosting Citrus Research and Development Foundation, tells the purpose of the workshop and his reaction to presentations. Hear the reports and read more.

March 31 Gulf Citrus Growers Association Gulf Country Gala, LaBelle Civic Center, contact 863-537-3999

April 2-4 International Symposium on Mechanical Harvesting & Handling Systems of Fruits and Nuts, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred

April 5 USDA Horticultural Research Laboratory Annual Open House, Ft. Pierce, contact 772-462-5800

April 10 Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute, South Florida Community College, Avon Park

April 18 Highlands Citrus Grower Forum, Bert J. Harris Jr. Ag Center, Sebring, contact Tim Hurner at 863-402-7150 or

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