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Updated: 05/18/2017 08:30:03AM

UF-developed mandarin shows tolerance to greening

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University of Florida scientists have createda mandarin hybrid that is stronger in resistance to greening.

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University of Florida scientists have createda mandarin hybrid that is stronger in resistance to greening.

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University of Florida scientists have createda mandarin hybrid that is stronger in resistance to greening.

by Brad Buck

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While citrus greening disease has blemished the Florida industry, University of Florida scientists have developed a mandarin hybrid that seems to be winning the battle. Now, researchers are learning what makes this fruit a fighter.

UF/IFAS researchers have discovered that a mandarin hybrid developed by colleagues contains cellular activity — known as metabolites — that makes it more able to fend off greening than most other types of citrus.

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