fighting Citrus Greening 093019

California is opening a new front in the battle against Huanglongbing or citrus greening. It is caused by tiny insects, no bigger than a grain of rice. California citrus growers and packers along with the University of California, Riverside opened the $8 million dollar lab.

It will allow for research the disease in a secure environment. Growers say they hope the Biosafety Level-3 lab will speed up the search for a cure. For now, they are protecting crops by covering fruit during transit to prevent insects from carrying the tree-killing bacteria through the state.