- On August 16, 2018
- ASTA, Citrus, CropLife International, Dr. Fred Gmitter, Plant Breeding Innovation, Seed, Seed Industry, University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center
ASTA and CropLife International are pleased to announce the launch of the first VIDEO in a new series about gene editing in plants. The video focuses on the very-real challenge of citrus-greening — a devastating disease which has led to a nearly 80-percent decrease in Florida citrus production over the past 10+ years.
Profiled in the video, Dr. Fred Gmitter, University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center, calls citrus greening “the worst possible nightmare imaginable for citrus growers.” By using innovative breeding methods like gene editing, he and his team are working to improve citrus trees, making them more resistant to the disease. Could this be the key to saving the citrus industry?