While citrus growers continue to look for the best practices to fight the deadly huanglongbing (HLB) disease, researchers are taking an integrated approach at protecting young trees by using tools growers already have access to, according to Citrus Industry.
“In Florida and pretty much every citrus-producing area, we’ve been doing a lot of replanting or resets,” says Lauren Diepenbrock, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and research project leader. She says there’s a lot of questions on what’s the best way to give young trees a fighting chance in an era with endemic HLB.
Five UF/IFAS scientists are comparing several insect-management tools. This includes evaluation of individual protective covers (IPCs), which are essentially bag-like covers placed over newly planted trees to keep pests away.