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Archived Citrus News

BARTOW (June 30, 2014) WGCU -- State officials are shelling out about a million dollars to beef up one of its ad campaigns. Florida Citrus is turning to Marvel Comics to create a fit and healthier looking Captain Citrus.

Even though Captain Citrus isn’t a well-known superhero—like Marvel’s Spiderman and Wolverine, the Florida Department of Citrus’ cartoon character is going to get revamped by the comic book giant.

LAKE ALFRED (June 19, 2014) FreshFruitPortal – An international research team led by University of Florida (UF) scientists has analyzed the genome sequence of 10 citrus varieties for the first time, paving the way for those looking to develop fruit that is resistant to the epidemic citrus greening disease HLB.

Researchers from the United States, France, Italy, Spain and Brazil studied and compared the genome sequences of sweet and sour oranges, along with several important mandarin and pummelo varieties, as part of a decade-long project.

BONITA SPRINGS (June 13, 2014) By Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger – Florida citrus growers got some good news at the end of a difficult 2013-14 citrus season when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced another $6.5 million for three Florida projects aimed at fighting public enemy No. 1, the bacterial disease citrus greening.

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (June 12, 2014) The Packer — Operating with leaner budgets, the Florida Department of Citrus is reorganizing.

The Bartow-based organization is changing to better meet new funding levels caused by recent years of lower orange and grapefruit production.

During their June 11 monthly meeting at the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference, members of the Florida Citrus Commission, which oversees the agency, heard how the agency is refocusing efforts.

BONITA SPRINGS (June 12, 2014) By Kevin Bouffard, THE LEDGER – Like his more famous cousin, Captain America, Captain Citrus will undergo a transformation from a doughy, bowling-ball-shaped character into a superhero.

ST. PETERSBURG (June 5, 2014) Florida Today – University of Florida researchers said Wednesday that they've found a possible treatment for a disease that's devastating citrus trees around the state, but caution that it could be years before the cure could become commercially available to growers.

The team from UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences said that it has discovered a chemical that kills the citrus greening bacteria.

BARTOW (The Ledger – Kevin Bouffard – May 23, 2014)  David Steele hopes discovering the benefits of orange juice will become as easy as shopping on Amazon, driving sales of Florida's signature beverage upward from a 12-year slump.

That day should come next year.

Orange juice's web presence will become a key part of the Florida Department of Citrus' marketing program now that it has abandoned TV commercials as the primary OJ promotional vehicle, said Steele, the department's public relations director.