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|User Info||Crops 2011; entered at 2011-01-24 09:17:02|
Registered: 2007-07-09 florida
Florida citrus growers are taxing themselves and spending about $20,000,000/year on research against this disease. We have made tons of progress on fundamental basic research over the last 4 years. Just last week we announced mapping the citrus genome. My expectation is we will find a solution over the next five years. |
The disease is a slow wasting type of disease; not a sudden death. Controlling the insect vector has rapidly slowed the rate of new infection. The basic reasearch is allowing us to delay the severity of disease and this buys us the time to develop either a cure or a method of containment that is economically viable.
However; that said, there has been a push for alternative crops such as blueberries and peaches but these can never replace the scope of the citrus market.