Early detection system for crop pathosystems
Saving citrus orchards
Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease, is incurable and threatens the survival of the U.S. citrus industry. Current detection strategies are costly, time-intensive, and inaccurate. Early detection would allow for mitigation strategies that would save orchards. This project is developing a systemic detection system that senses concentration changes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during the early stages of HLB, when trees are asymptomatic.