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Industry Efforts to Combat Huanglongbing (HLB)

The citrus industry works closely with USDA and State departments of agriculture to combat Huanglongbing (HLB). The industry coordinates its HLB and Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) management efforts based on USDA- and State-provided data on ACP and HLB detections and population distribution. Industry-funded initiatives include operational activities, research, and outreach and education. Citrus nursery representatives and scientists have developed a list of research initiatives they want to pursue, and they wish to be kept apprised of the latest progress in HLB research.

In 2009, the Florida citrus industry formed the non-profit Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) to oversee HLB research and development efforts in the State. Since FY 2009, the CRDF has applied $89.6 million toward this research. The CRDF is still finalizing its FY 2014 funding estimate. Its wide range of funded projects includes the development of disease-resistant plants and studies to interrupt the breeding and feeding of the ACP.

California citrus growers fund and direct citrus research through the Citrus Research Board (CRB), which was established in 1968. The CRB focuses on three research areas: plant security, market security, and invasive pests. Since 2011, the CRB has committed $11.7 million to citrus research programs. For 2014, the organization projects that $5 million has or will be put directly into sponsored research. In October 2013, it hosted the 4th Annual Citrus Health Research ForumThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.. The CRB has created the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention ProgramThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. for public outreach and education.

Texas Citrus Mutual (TCM) is managing operations to slow the spread of the disease, coordinating much of the operational activities through grower-led work groups that also involve scientists and regulators. Funding comes from both industry and USDA's Citrus Health Response Program.

The Texas citrus industry actively monitors ACP populations; surveys for HLB; manages an integrated, area-wide management program for ACP in commercial citrus; treats residential citrus; removes HLB-infected commercial and residential citrus; and conducts outreach to homeowners. The Texas industry estimates that its total investment in HLB-related efforts in 2014 will be about $700,000. TCM and other State partners created an HLB outreach Web site call Texas Citrus GreeningThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website. that USDA partially funded.

Visit the sites below to learn more about industry efforts to combat HLB:

Citrus Research in Academia

Many universities conduct HLB-related research, and USDA and the citrus industry provide funding for many of these projects. Visit the Web sites below to learn about the activities at a number of Universities in the major citrus-producing States.