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Image of two citrus fruits affected by citrus greening disease. Image courtesy of USDA APHIS.

NIFA Invests Over $25 Million in Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension

NIFA has invested more than $25 million in 11 projects as part of the Emergency Citrus Disease Research & Extension (ECDRE) program. This program brings the nation's top scientists together with citrus industry representatives to find scientifically sound solutions that combat and prevent citrus greening (HLB)​ at the farm-level. This year awarded grants include three coordinated agricultural projects (CAPs) that will use conventional breeding and gene editing technologies to develop non-transgenic HLB resistant citrus hybrids. Other awarded grants will be investigating therapeutics and their delivery into the citrus phloem, evaluation of sources of HLB resistance, and molecular characterization of HLB susceptibility genes, among others.

2023 Awardees

  • Clemson University
  • University of California, Riverside (3)
  • University of Florida (5)
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Yale University

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