Zinkicide in the News

May 5, 2015

Zinkicide Could be a Benefit, but There's No Guarantee This is an article from The Ledger, via Florida Citrus Mutual. Zinkicide is a nanoparticle, a substance as small as a DNA molecule, that is being tested as a possible bactericide against citrus greening, the deadly bacterial disease threatening the future of Florida’s commercial citrus industry.

UCF prof tests treatment for citrus greening

University of Central Florida professor Swadeshmukul Santra was at a conference on citrus greening when an idea came to him that could save the state's ailing citrus industry.
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High-tech weapons used in war to save citrus industry

Eric Rohrig held up a small cylindrical device that, at first glance, looked sort of like a spaceship. Or maybe like a creature that would pilot the ship.
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All hands on deck to save Florida citrus

With a $10 billion a year industry at stake, last week’s Florida Citrus Show couldn’t have come at a better time.
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Researchers Mine Nanotechnology To Help Conquer Citrus Canker

In groves across Florida, citrus growers are collaborating at unprecedented levels, sharing ideas on producing citrus in the face of HLB. In labs and field trials, scientists also are working together with a sense of urgency brought on by the disease as it continues to reduce production.
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Citrus greening cure may be too late

Agricultural researchers, bolstered by the infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars from the federal and state government and growers themselves, seem confident a solution will be found to eliminate or slow the spread of citrus greening, an insidious disease that already has claimed tens of thousands of acres of Florida’s signature crop.
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Press release from UCF: UCF researcher may have found key to plague of citrus greening

Since it was discovered in South Florida in 2005, the plague of citrus greening has spread to nearly every grove in the state, stoking fears among growers that the $10.7 billion-a-year industry may someday disappear. Read the article

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