HUGE STEP MADE FOR DEVELOPING DISEASE-RESISTANT CITRUS

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.

Team leader Fred Gmitter told www.freshfruitportal.com this was very important step, but emphasized it did not mean a solution to the disease was just around the corner.

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