University of Florida researcher Jude Grosser told growers about new HLB-tolerant scions at this summer’s Citrus Expo. He summarizes his discussion in this report.
“Without question, the most tolerant scion that we have is a fresh market tangelo that we call Sugar Belle,” Grosser says. “It’s very similar to Minneola, but matures a little bit earlier and so it can be ready for the Christmas gift market most years. It’s an exceptional high-quality piece of fruit.” He adds that HLB-infected trees have provided high yields for years.
Grosser also discusses several other HLB-tolerant scions, including several sweet oranges for juice.
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