Elemental Enzymes, a company that recently obtained a patent for a natural peptide solution to treat HLB has received Citrus Research and Development Foundation funding to see if the product has efficacy for other citrus diseases. CRDF will fund the company for about $61,200.
Elemental Enzymes is set to do research “to see if this peptide works against phytophthora and other citrus maladies like black spot, drop and canker,” said CRDF Chief Operating Officer Rick Dantzler. “We think it will.”
Up to $3 million for CRAFT project
CRDF board of directors have also authorized funding of up to $3 million for the Citrus Research and Field Trial (CRAFT) project in the coming year. CRAFT offers growers financial incentives to plant new trees that will be raised using specific HLB mitigation strategies.