« Richard Mankin, a scientist for the United States Department of Agriculture at the University of Florida, has been studying communication patterns in Asian citrus psyllids, the culprit behind the declining health of the citrus population in Florida and California.
The Asian citrus psyllids are responsible for spreading Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening, a deadly disease for citrus trees.
Prior to Mankin’s research, other solutions include the development of genetically modified fruit and the release of parasitic insects that digest the HLB’s toxic enzymes. However, Mankin’s research focuses on understanding the communication patterns of the psyllids. (…)