UF Researchers Find Genetic Cause For Citrus Canker, Putting Them A Step Closer To A Cure
A team of researchers from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are closing in on a possible cure to citrus canker disease. The bacterial pathogen causes pustules on fruit, leaves and twigs, and is a highly contagious plant disease that spreads rapidly. This condition continues to be a problem in citrus-growing areas of Florida, posing serious threats to the $9 billion dollar industry. By identifying the susceptibility gene in citrus plants, researchers say they are closer to a cure for the disease.