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Mar. 22, 2013

Citrus HLB: up close

Dr. Susan Halbert (middle), entomologist at the Florida Department of Agriculture, exchanges observations with USDA's Dr. John Hartung (right) while FFTC's agricultural economist, Mr. Ho Kyum Lee (left), looks on. Picture taken at the Chayi Agricultural Station.
Since the late 1980s. FFTC has been actively sending technical missions for the transfer of Huanglongbing (HLB) disease management technology to selected parts of the Asian and Pacific region but only with limited success. Nevertheless, in the recent years, HLB has spread to a wider geographic area in the Asian and Pacific region and the other parts of the world including the USA, Mexico other Latin American countries, etc. This situation is calling for an international concerted effort to address this disease.

FFTC joined hands with Japan's National Institute of Fruit Science, the American Institute in Taiwan (USDA), Taiwan's Council of Agriculture and the National Taiwan University and organized an international symposium entitled "Epidemiology and Disease Management of Citrus HLB Disease for Sustainable Citrus Production in ASPAC."

Held recently in in Taipei City, this international symposium paved the way for citrus experts from different parts of the world to share and exchange relevant information on recent advances in molecular biology of pathogenic bacterium of citrus greening disease. In particular, a number of remarkable achievements made in Japan, Korea, and USA were reported.

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