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New Research on HLB-Associated Fruit Drop

Dan Citrus, Huanglongbing (HLB)/Citrus Greening

Tripti Vashisth revealed new research information on what causes preharvest fruit drop and possible strategies to mitigate the problem. The Florida citrus industry, stricken by HLB, has suffered a sharp increase in preharvest fruit drop, leading to a substantial reduction in citrus production. According to Vashisth, assistant professor of horticulture at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences …

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Time to Cut the Dead Wood from the Citrus Trees

Dan Citrus

Dead wood has long been challenging for fresh citrus fruit production. Spores in twigs can form which causes blemishing diseases that downgrade fruit for lower profits. More recently, it has come to light that there are horticultural and entomological reasons to remove this wood as well. Many growers are familiar with melanose, the disease most widely associated with dead wood. …


UF/IFAS Celebrates Partnership as it Commemorates Century of CREC

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

Whether they’ve faced problems with pests, pathogens, soils, water or natural disasters, growers have turned to scientists at the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) for answers for the past 100 years. Scientists at the Citrus REC have worked with growers to help them produce the best fruit and juices available, UF/IFAS experts say. UF/IFAS officials, other dignitaries and …