Value of HLB Research Conference

Ernie NeffCRDF, HLB Management

Rick Dantzler

Rick Dantzler, chief operating officer of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation in Florida, discusses the importance of the recent International Research Conference on HLB, held in California.

“I think there’s real merit in the industry, nationally and internationally, getting together occasionally to talk about what’s going on in their home states and their home countries,” Dantzler says. He notes that each state and country is a bit different, “but for the most part the disease behaves the same regardless of where it is, so we have a lot that we can learn from each other.”

Dantzler says it’s important for all areas dealing with HLB to “try to find common ground, and make sure that we’re spending tax money wisely and not duplicating research … Knowing what a state has done from a research standpoint is helpful so that you’re not doing the same thing in another state, and that can happen. So that’s part of why it’s good to get together occasionally.”

University of Florida researchers will summarize presentations made at the international HLB conference during the Florida Citrus Growers’ Institute April 2 in Avon Park.

Hear more from Dantzler in his interview with AgNet West’s Brian German:

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Ernie Neff

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