Thermotherapy’s Effects on Fruit Drop, Yield and Quality

Tacy CalliesThermotherapy

By Megan Dewdney, Evan Johnson, Naweena Thapa and Michelle Danyluk In 2015, we started a large-scale project to determine if thermotherapy would be an effective huanglongbing (HLB) treatment for field trees. Some of the objectives were to determine effective temperature-time combinations for thermotherapy, which season gave optimal results for thermotherapy, and the effect on yield in subsequent years. TRIAL DETAILSComprehensive …


Update on Thermotherapy Research

Tacy CalliesNews from our Sponsor, Thermotherapy

Column sponsored by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation As early as 1965, high-temperature treatments were shown to reduce HLB bacterial infection without killing the tree. Trials [Ehsani, University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)] using portable, semi-transparent, plastic houses were placed over trees, achieved temperatures of above 120 F for several hours over several days, and reduced …

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Keeping Young Trees Free of HLB

Ernie NeffHLB Management, Thermotherapy

Plant pathologist Megan Dewdney was one of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers who summarized scientific presentations made at the 2017 International Research Conference on HLB. She and others spoke at an HLB Grower Day in Lake Alfred, putting the complex presentations into terms more understandable to those who aren’t scientists. Dewdney discussed young tree …

Controlling HLB with Thermotherapy: What Have We Learned So Far?

Tacy CalliesCitrus Greening, Thermotherapy

By Reza Ehsani, Megan Dewdney and Evan Johnson In the last two years, many growers looked at thermotherapy as a way of keeping HLB-affected citrus trees in production until a more permanent solution could be developed. It has been shown that thermotherapy can kill HLB-causing bacteria under controlled environments. But the exact time and temperature is not known, and it …