Research Projects Aim to Squeeze Out a Growing Threat to the Global Citrus Supply
Citrus industries are in trouble. Citrus greening disease could decimate groves in almost all of the world's major citrus growing areas, from Africa and Asia (where the disease originated) to Europe and South America. While research teams rush to pursue research and protection projects, no cure exists. Because of a bacterium transmitted by a tiny insect commonly known as the Asian citrus psyllid, citrus fruit becomes misshapen and discolored and drops prematurely. Eventually, the trees die.