Several University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty are collaborating with other universities and organizations on research, especially for HLB. Michael Rogers, director of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), summarizes the work they are doing on a variety of grant-funded projects.
Rogers starts with a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded project led by the University of California-Riverside (UC-Riverside) looking at new varieties for tolerance or resistance to HLB. He says a couple of UF/IFAS researchers are “playing a key role on the ground here in Florida as part of that project.” They are Ute Albrecht at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) and Zhengfei Guan at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. Albrecht and Guan are working on crossing potentially HLB-resistant finger limes with conventional citrus varieties, “trying to develop some new varieties that are going to be HLB tolerant or resistant,” Rogers says.
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