Breakthrough discovery may treat deadliest citrus disease

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After a five-year search with multimillion-dollar grants, scientists at the University of California-Riverside announced last week they have discovered a naturally-occurring treatment for a fatal citrus disease.

Scientists say the breakthrough is the first known substance capable of controlling huanglongbing disease, or HLB, regarded as the most devastating citrus disease worldwide.

A few months ago, the Journal of Integrated Pest Management labeled the disease “incurable.” Now, citrus industry leaders say the discovery could lead to a commercially available product for growers to treat — and possibly cure — diseased trees. But further research is needed before a product can be registered and marketed.”

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