Guide Helps Brazilian Growers Evaluate Greening Products

Daniel CooperBrazil, HLB Management


Brazil’s Fundecitrus has prepared and released the free Guide for Citrus Growers: Evaluation of Products to Reduce Damage Caused by Greening. The guide is aimed at growers, researchers and professionals working in citrus farming.

The guide brings together suggestions for a thorough assessment in the orchard, allowing citrus growers and technicians to analyze the effectiveness of available chemical products and treatments for greening.

Fundecitrus stated that new products and treatments appear daily that promise to reduce the severity of greening symptoms and maintain or increase the production of diseased plants. As a result, citrus growers who have a high incidence of greening in their orchards are confused about which product to use and how to obtain reliable results without wasting their resources on treatments that do not solve the problem. The guide offers support for growers to evaluate products and correctly manage the disease.

According to Fundecitrus researcher and guide co-author Renato Bassanezi, by following the recommendations, citrus growers will be able to make their own decisions based on concrete data about the real effectiveness of the product or treatment tested in reducing damage caused by greening.

“These actions may prevent additional losses from the use of treatments that have no effect on the disease,” Bassanezi said. “Furthermore, the results could contribute to the direction of Fundecitrus research and the development of more detailed experiments on treatments that show promising results.”

Fundecitrus researchers Franklin Behlau and Geraldo Silva Junior and post-doctoral fellow Eduardo Gorayeb also participated in the preparation of the guide.

Fundecitrus has been working intensively on evaluating the effectiveness of products and treatments to reduce the damage caused by greening. However, the complexity of the disease makes it difficult to generate consistent results in the short term. Correct and scientifically based assessment requires more than one harvest and/or experimental area.

Source: Fundecitrus

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