Louisiana State University’s AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry are fighting citrus canker disease in the state.
The two entities are joining in an effort to identify satsuma cultivars that are tolerant of the disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the university and state agriculture department have been monitoring for the disease since it was first detected in Louisiana, in a city park in New Orleans in June 2013.
The LSU AgCenter reported 832 acres of citrus were grown in Louisiana in 2016, according to a news release from the state agricultural department.
The AgCenter’s Plant Diagnostic Center processed almost 300 citrus plant samples as part of a survey on citrus canker, and Louisiana satsuma cultivars were identified as tolerant to citrus canker.
“Together, with the LDAF, we hope to identify the specific satsuma cultivars in an effort to enhance Louisiana’s citrus industry,” Raj Singh, LSU assistant professor in the Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology Department who is overseeing the research, said in the release.
The research program is funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.