Citrus greening disease — caused by a bacteria spread by psyllid insects — is threatening to wipe out Florida’s citrus crop. Researchers have identified a small protein found in a second bacteria living in the insects that helps bacteria causing citrus greening disease survive and spread. They believe the discovery could result in a spray that could potentially help save the trees from the bacterial invasion.

Wolbachia is a bacteria found in nearly 60% of all insect species, including the psyllids that spread citrus greening. It is not the bacterial cause of the infection, Candidatus… more

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