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US expands HLB-resistant citrus trials

Field trials of citrus trees genetically modified for resistance to the bacterial disease, huanglongbing (HLB or citrus greening) will start in Lake Okeechobee, Florida later this month. The trees, developed by Dr Erik Mirkov from the US Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Research and Extension Center (Weslaco, Texas) have already been tested in greenhouse conditions.

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