Spinach Could Be Weapon Against Citrus Scourge

In a lab not far from the Mexican border, the fight against a disease ravaging the worldwide citrus industry has found an unexpected weapon: spinach.

A scientist at Texas A&M’s Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center is moving a pair of bacteria-fighting proteins naturally occurring in spinach into citrus trees to fight a scourge commonly known as citrus greening. The disease hasn’t faced this defense before and intensive greenhouse testing so far indicates the genetically enhanced trees are immune to its advances.

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