Citrus canker and citrus greening (also known as Huanglongbing, HLB) are two bacterial diseases currently threatening the multi-billion dollar citrus industry.
Our group has successfully developed a series of novel nanotechnology-enabled Cu formulations for combating citrus canker. By design, these Cu containing nano-formulations exhibit superior antimicrobial properties at low Cu concentrations. Additionally, they also possess strong adherence properties which are desirable to minimize the number of spray applications per season. Our formulations (UCF Cankicide&tm;) have been successfully evaluated in field trials for four consecutive years and currently being evaluated for commercial applications.
There has been a pressing demand for developing environmentally-friendly non-Cu based agricultural biocides. To meet this demand, our group has developed a new formulation that has demonstrated good efficacy in the laboratory as well as in field trials. Further, this non-Cu based formula is specifically designed to fight against both citrus canker and citrus greening diseases.