Argentina is the fourth-largest producer of lemons in the world. In order to maintain its leading role in the sector, the country must fight Diaphorina citri, a vector of a bacterium that causes the disease known as citrus greening. Bayer and five Argentine citrus producers are joining forces to control this plague.
Citrus greening – also known as Huanglongbing (HLB) – is perhaps the greatest threat to the global citrus industry. The most severe crisis occurred in Florida in 1998, devastating nearly 70% of the cultivated citrus area. Due to infected plants and fruits, the vector continued to spread and reached Latin America in 2004. Today, Diaphorina citri can be found in Argentina and Uruguay – although, fortunately, free of the disease. At this year’s Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Bayer signed a partnership agreement with the five largest citrus producers in Argentina – to jointly develop strategies to control citrus greening.
To read the full blog article by Claudio Pinilla, Fruit and Vegetable Crop Manager at Bayer for Southern Latin America, click here.
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