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Florida Citrus Trade Is Dealing with An Existential Risk From Micro organism, However A Virus Gives Hope - The JamsPortal

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(This text was initially posted on Forbes on 4/30/19) Once I was rising up within the early 1970s there was a ubiquitous tv advert selling Florida orange juice together with the road, "a day with out orange juice is sort of a day with out sunshine." That "darkish day" might be approaching quickly, at the least when it comes to the juices we get from the "Sunshine State" and the livelihood of the farmers who develop the bushes which have lengthy equipped us.


The enduring orange juice business in Florida is dealing with an existential menace due to a extreme bacterial illness of citrus that was launched to the US from Asia in 2005 (the Asian Citrus Psyllid insect that helps to unfold it was first present in Floria in 1998). A Florida house owner might have inadvertently launched the bacterium to the US in citrus budwood he introduced house from Asia to graft onto his yard bushes.  The illness is usually referred to as "Citrus Greening," however in …