Crisis in the Citrus Groves (Mar 12, 2013)

USDA. Blog.

Oranges that don't turn orange on the tree when they’re supposed to might be victims of a disease called "citrus greening," also known as Huanglongbing, or HLB. Citrus greening is especially devastating because it makes the juice bitter, so the fruit isn’t even suitable for juicing, let alone the fresh market. But Agricultural Research Service scientists have found that the same bitter juice that causes despair among growers could yield invaluable clues to how the disease works -- and how to stop it.

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Mar 19, 2013