05 Dec 2020
Orange Fields

Understanding disease-induced microbial shifts may reveal new crop management strategies.

Researchers at the University of California studied the role of the tree’s microbiome in the progression of citrus greening disease. They used amplicon technology to study the microbiome during the progression of HLB, and found that harmful microbes increased, while beneficial microbes decreased during the disease progression.

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05 Dec 2020
Citrus Industry

SA’s citrus beats the world’s Covid blues

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and all the uncertainties it caused, the 2020 citrus season turned out to be one of the best that South Africa has ever had. On estimate, South Africa exported 21.3 million cartons more than the previous season. Better access to US markets due to additional ports of entry, and access to Philippine markets, have contributed to an increase in demand for South African citrus.

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05 Dec 2020
Cover Crops

Cover crops for citrus

Cover crops are specific crops not intended for sale but for soil improvement and sustainability. They are increasingly common in the agricultural fields of the Midwest and other grain-producing regions because of the wide range of benefits not just for the soil, but also the cash crop. In those systems, cover crops improve water and nutrient retention, promote microbial activity, reduce weed growth and insect pests, and improve plant growth. Similar impacts have been found in tree crops like apples and peaches, where cover crops are planted in row middles.

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