Lend your knowledge and expertise to an organic citrus survey that will help build a research program for organics in citrus.
The Organic Center is a an organization that develops partnerships with universities, research institutions, federal agencies, organic farmers, and food systems advocates “to conduct and convene credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health effects of organic food and farming and communicate the findings to the public.” They are currently in partnerships with the University of Florida, the University of California, Riverside, citrus growers, and others in the industry to “conduct a national review of how citrus greening disease is impacting organic growers and other industry members,” according to a Citrus Industry article. See the details below.
Survey on Organic Citrus
The survey is meant to spark research avenues into treatments for citrus greening in organic citrus. While citrus greening has had a great impact in all areas of citrus production, it has hit organic producers especially hard as most current methods being used to combat the disease are prohibited in organic production. Similarly, current research is also focusing on methods that cannot be used in an organic operation or are being conducted in a non-organic setting.
According to the article, the survey is part of a project to “gather information on current organic-compliant strategies used to combat HLB, their successes and challenges.” The information gathered will then be used to “develop and disseminate research priorities to build additional funding proposals to advance progress in fighting HLB in organic systems, and in citrus as a whole.”
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