Through modification of endogenous citrus genes, problems in citrus greening may be solved.
The Gene Editing Research Laboratory of the University of Connecticut teamed up with the University of Florida to resolve the predominant citrus greening problem in the United States through gene modification enabling citruses to resist the greening disease.
Citrus greening is a disease passed on through the citruses by the insect feeding off of citrus crops. It takes five years before any signs of damage are revealed. This has been a problem in Florida since 2005 and has since spread to crops in Texas and California.
The researchers also plan to develop genetically modified plants such as slow growing grass, modified burning bush, and non-invasive or ornamental plants.
See full story in NBC Connecticut.