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Scientists identify bacteria responsible for citrus greening

Greening, a devastating disease that threatens citrus crops worldwide, is almost certainly caused by one species of bacteria, not a combination of bacteria and viral pathogens.

That’s the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Florida, who used genetic analysis to study the inner bark of Florida citrus trees infected with greening, according to a university news release.

Scientists from the school’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences found the genetic fingerprint of the bacteria Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which has widely been thought to be the cause of greening.
 
 

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