Learn about some of the ongoing HLB-related research projects being conducted by the faculty of UF/IFAS.
Establishing New Plantings
UF/IFAS breeders have identified HLB tolerant varieties that growers should consider when replanting. Key research on the best rootstock and scion selection for grove soil and location, managing tree health through fertilization, irrigation, and attention to root health, and pest management is available.read more
Maintaining Yields in Existing Groves
Implementing best management practices supported by recent research is the best defense against citrus diseases. Integrated horticultural practices of irrigation, fertilization, root health and canopy management combined with pest management techniques and weed management is critical in the fight against citrus diseases.read more
Implementing the Cover Under Protective Screen (CUPS) System
The Citrus Under Protective Screen (CUPS) growing strategy for fresh fruit has produced results that confirm strong fruit production with high quality in systems of screen house-grown citrus. Recent research projects found that the screen house-grown citrus (in houses of approximately 20 acres) remained free of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) for every weekly inspection in 2017-2018. There were no detectable cases of HLB disease in the screen house both by visual or PCR testing after nearly four years. This is a viable alternative for fresh fruit growers.read more
Read the recent UF/IFAS 2019 Citrus Production Guide
Beginning this week, Florida citrus growers will have an updated resource to help them keep groves productive despite the ever-present threat of Huanglongbing, the bacterial malady also known as HLB or citrus greening disease.
Experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have just completed a 180-page technical handbook, “Florida Citrus Production Guide 2019-2020.”VIEW THE GUIDE ONLINE
UF/IFAS CITRUS NEWSLETTER
The UF/IFAS statewide citrus monthly newsletter is designed to provide growers and industry stakeholders the most current information related to UF/IFAS citrus research and Extension activities. Our goal is to provide you with up-to-the-minute research results, new ideas, and current recommendations you can use to help keep your groves in production despite the challenges posed by HLB.