Accurate Huanglongbing (HLB) Diagnosis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2010-00603
Amount: $90,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.13
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
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DUNS: 960774941
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Agenor Mafra-Neto
 CEO, President
 (951) 686-5008
 president@iscatech.com
Business Contact
 Annlok Yap
Title: VP Business Director
Phone: (951) 686-5008
Email: annlok.yap@iscatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
In the United States, citrus orchards are plagued by two devastating invasive diseases introduced in the past decade. The first, citrus canker, is caused by Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri, a bacteria associated with citrus leafminer (CLM), Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) damage. The damage caused by CLM larvae opens the door for canker infection. The second disease, Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening disease, is caused by Candidatus Liberibacter spp., a bacteria vectored by Diaphorina citri, the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). Since 1995, (the third cycle of detection) citrus canker has been detected in 24 Florida counties, and along with the first detection of HLB infected citrus trees in 2005, has triggered a concerted effort to detect and remove infected trees, which has now become a monumental task. Successful completion of this project will provide citrus growers with a valuable tool for managing these two terrifying diseases, and enhance the diagnosis of diseased trees, even in the beginning stages of infection. If successful, there is a high potential that this pathogen sensory system could be used throughout the agricultural industry and beyond, including public health and those orchards that cannot or do not use conventional pesticides.

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