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UF gets $3 million grant to aid citrus research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The University of Florida is getting $3 million to help fight the plant disease known as citrus greening.

Officials at Coca-Cola and Cutrale Citrus Juices said Wednesday they will each provide $1.5 million to fund the research. The program is managed by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation in Gainesville.

Greening is caused by insect-spread bacterial infection. It stunts the growth of citrus trees, reduces fruit size and eventually kills the trees. The disease has been found in all 34 citrus-producing counties in Florida.

One of Coca-Cola's 500 brands is orange juice maker Minute Maid. Cutrale is one of the world's largest processors and growers of oranges.


Information from: The Gainesville Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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