Curing Citrus Greening Disease
According to the USDA, Citrus Greening is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. The disease has devastated millions of acres of citrus crops throughout the world. Citrus greening is spread by a disease-carrying insect and once a tree is infected, there is no cure. Sick trees produce fruits that are green, misshapen and bitter, unsuitable for sale as fresh fruit or for juice and they usually die within a few years.
Nepalese researcher Kiran Timilsina discusses how we need to think outside the box to solve citrus greening. Watch the video to learn about his proposed solutions and the impact the virus is having on the citrus industry in Nepal:
Researchers in the United States are working to find solutions as well, learn about how genome editing could provide a fix for citrus farmers in Florida: