Several Louisiana parishes added to the Domestic Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas spp.) Quarantine Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the area quarantined for citrus canker in Louisiana.

APHIS established a quarantine on February 10, 2014, (DA-2014-08) following the positive identification of Xanthomonas spp., the bacterial causal agent of citrus canker, from a sweet orange tree located in New Orleans, Louisiana. APHIS further updated this quarantine on June 2, 2016 (DA-2016-35), to add portions of several parishes. Continue reading

NIFA Announces AFRI, Citrus Disease, STEM Education, and Disaster Preparedness Funding Opportunities

USDA Announces $150.2 Million in Funding through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. April 11, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $150.2 million in available funding to support projects that build a foundation of knowledge in agricultural sciences to address a range of societal and global challenges such as food security, food safety, sustainable agriculture, and rural entrepreneurship. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read the full press release at the NIFA website.  Continue reading

Citrus Disease Research and Extension RFPA is available

The FY 2016 Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE) Request for Pre-Application (RFPA) is now available for public viewing. 

NIFA Funding Opportunity Page: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/citrus-disease-research-and-extension-cdre.  

Grants.gov Page: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283048. This page includes a synopsis of the funding opportunity, a link to the full announcement (RFA) and the application package.

 

University of Florida researchers find citrus greening attacks roots before leaves

In Southeast Farm Press

Although citrus greening enters trees through their leaves, University of Florida researchers have discovered that the deadly disease attacks roots long before the leaves show signs of damage – a finding that may help growers better care for trees while scientists work to find a cure.

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Florida man donates land to University of Florida for citrus greening research

A Polk County architect-turned-citrus grower’s decision to allow researchers to use 100 acres of land has given the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences a much-needed boost in the battle against deadly citrus greening.

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