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Author Topic: Florida Home Growers of citrus tree get you Tamarixia wasp & fight HLB  (Read 245 times)

Millet

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 Florida growers who have a citrus tree in their yard, can get a vial of Tamarixia wasps to release in your tree.
 Tamarixia are great killers of citrus psyllid that spreads Greening disease.

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20170801/get-your-wasps-and-join-fight-against-citrus-greening
« Last Edit: August 02, 2017, 10:02:17 PM by Millet »

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Re: Florida Home Growers of citrus tree get you Tamarixia wasp & fight HLB
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2017, 12:05:02 PM »
Nice! I wonder if they've diversified the gene pool of the wasps since they introduced it years ago to fight ACP.

What the UCR people said the FL earlier release was missing was
1. wasps taken from a small geographical area. UCR took samples from a wider range.
2. UCR discovered there were even smaller parasites feeding on the parasitic wasps and cleaned them up before introducing them to California.

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Re: Florida Home Growers of citrus tree get you Tamarixia wasp & fight HLB
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2017, 08:03:35 PM »
The article mentions that 100% of mature citrus trees in FL are infected; that is scary and so tragic.

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Re: Florida Home Growers of citrus tree get you Tamarixia wasp & fight HLB
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2017, 01:36:14 PM »
The article mentions that 100% of mature citrus trees in FL are infected; that is scary and so tragic.

Devastating for sure, but there is a glimmer of hope for future citrus. I don't know how you balance risk to current crops and a search for resistant trees, but I hope someone is working on it.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/7808445/New-British-tree-resistant-to-Dutch-Elm-Disease.html

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Re: Florida Home Growers of citrus tree get you Tamarixia wasp & fight HLB
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2017, 08:51:27 AM »
Gonna have to be a GMO, which would be great.

 

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