Citrus gene bank set upThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE spread of HLB, or citrus greening disease, has motivated authorities in Brazil's São Paulo state to set up a citrus gene bank to protect the diverse citrus varieties that exist in the region. The unit is being set up in Cordeirópolis municipality and will host 1 700 varieties of citruses with high genetic potential from around the world. Propagation of the varieties started two years ago, reported Globo Rural. HLB is now present in 242 municipalities in São Paulo and has so far forced producers to eradicate six million trees.