Support for Blueberry Import Case and Aussie Plant Fights Citrus Greening
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**U.S. lawmakers and state ag officials are voicing their support for U.S. blueberry growers ahead to today’s vote by the International Trade Commission to determine whether the domestic blueberry industry has been or is threatened with seriously injury by the influx of blueberry imports.
www.thepacker.com reports that support, cited by the American Blueberry Growers Alliance, includes Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.
National Farmers Union data shows growers operating returns fell 32.4% between 2015 and 2019 because of rising imports.
**New research affirms a unique peptide found in an Australian plant can destroy HLB, or citrus greening, the No. 1 killer of citrus trees worldwide.
Citrus greening has wiped out citrus orchards across the globe, causing billions in annual production losses.
The research from UC Riverside shows a naturally occurring peptide found in the Australian finger lime, not only kills the bacteria that causes HLB, it also activates the plant's own immune system to inhibit new infection.
The research was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.