Location: Foreign Disease-weed Science Research
Project Number: 8044-22000-040-05-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Apr 1, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2012
Identify alternative hosts for HLB, focusing on likely reservoirs in Florida and determinethe effects that alternative hosts play on the biology of the pathogen.
Ten to twenty potential rutaceous alternative hosts will be inoculated by psyllid and grafting (when possible). Infected plants will be identified by PCR, and used as a source for back inoculations to sweet orange. A limited sub-set will be tested for effects on the pathogen and the vector, with an emphasis on pathogenicity and transmission characteristics.