Zinkicide Has Potential for HLB

Ernie NeffHLB Management

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Swadeshmukul Santra

Research and trials into zinkicide “look very promising” for use against HLB, University of Central Florida researcher Swadeshmukul Santra says. He summarizes a presentation he made at the Florida Citrus Mutual annual conference in Bonita Springs this summer.

“It (zinkicide) can improve yield, fruit and juice quality on HLB-affected trees,” stated a slide that Santra presented at the conference. The same slide noted that zinkicide is not currently registered for use on citrus.

“Zinkicide was designed specifically for HLB … Zinkicide is a new active ingredient. It’s a nano zinc oxide. Zinc has not been registered as a bactericide in the past,” Santra says. However, a potential registrant is considering pursuing zinkicide’s registration with the Environmental Protection Agency, he says. 

Santra believes zinkicide could be a significant component in an integrated pest management approach used against the disease that has devastated Florida citrus trees and production since being found in the state in 2005.

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Ernie Neff

Ernie Neff

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