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Drone to aid Brazilian growers in battle against HLB

The use of a drone for chemical control of the psyllid that spreads HLB adds to Brazil’s efforts to battle the citrus disease, recent research indicates. The research was conducted by Fundecitrus in partnership with the startup Anáhata Serviços Agronômicos.

Fundecitrus researcher Marcelo Miranda, who is responsible for the study, said the drone combines science and technology to control HLB. “Using a drone is yet another option in psyllid management,” Miranda said. “The tool can complement ground spraying with tractors and replace airplanes in some situations, adding new possibilities for the citrus grower.”

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