BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The LSU AgCenter gets $13,750 to screen its citrus variety collection for three potentially destructive diseases.
Plant pathologist Don Ferrin says the trees will be tested twice next year for the bacteria that causes citrus greening, the citrus tristeza (tris-TEZ-uh) virus and citrus excortis (ex-KOHR-tis).
He says the Burden Center's citrus collection includes Louisiana's major satsuma varieties.
The one-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection and Quarantine program will support the AgCenter's participation in the National Citrus Clean Plant Network.
The National Clean Plant Network was created in 2005 to protect U.S. specialty crops from the spread of economically harmful plant pests and diseases. Citrus, berries and hops were added this year.
National Clean Plant Network: http://ucanr.org/sites/natcpn/
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