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Updated: 12/06/2017 08:30:00AM

Scientists going after HLB from many angles

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PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

Stephanie Slinski watches University of Florida postdoctoral researcher Dr. Gustavo Rivas demonstrate how to inject a needle into a tiny insect at the UF Citrus Research and Education Center 100th anniversary celebration in Lake Alfred Nov. 29. Watching from behind are John Davis and Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

University of Florida entomologist Angelique Hoyte works with a microscope as visitors explored the UF Citrus Research and Education Center during their 100th anniversary celebration Nov. 29.

PHOTO BY CHARLES A. BAKER III

University of Florida Professor of Horticultural Sciences Dr. Fred Gmitter gave an informative keynote address about the evolution of citrus during the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center 100th anniversary celebration Nov. 29.

By CHARLES A. BAKER III

cbaker@scmginc.com

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LAKE ALFRED – The preamble of a 1917 Florida law that authorized the creation of what is now the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center states a facility was needed to research the “loss of many thousands of dollars (to the citrus industry) from attacks of insect pests, fungous diseases and other causes not well understood.”

Now 100 years later, the loss of “thousands of dollars” is one grove damaged by disease.

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