Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) Vice President and Governance Committee Chairman Rick Kress comments on a recent National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report regarding HLB and CRDF. He says NAS reported that CRDF has pursued all angles on HLB, also known as citrus greening, and declared there won’t be a single solution or cure.
When NAS worked with CRDF in the early days of citrus greening, Kress recalls, “The first statement they made was: ‘This is the most serious challenge we’ve ever viewed in agriculture.'”
Kress says NAS personnel recently “acknowledged that the CRDF and the industry to date have nearly addressed every possible avenue that could be done.”
Coping with citrus greening will require a combination of technology and horticulture, Kress says. “It’s going to be multiple aspects all combined together.”
The CRDF was formed by the Florida citrus industry a few years after HLB was discovered in the state in 2005. Its purpose is to fund research and product commercialization in the fight against serious citrus problems, especially HLB.
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