CRDF and the Florida citrus industry at large often receive inquiries and communication relating to potential solutions for HLB, ranging from chemical materials to control the vector, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to materials that may affect the survival or pathogenicity of the bacterium Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, which causes the disease.
It has become increasingly difficult to follow up on all of these leads in a timely manner, as well as to communicate back to those whose ideas have been forwarded. However, citrus growers are very interested in following all leads that may provide tools to combat this disease.For those who would like to share ideas and perhaps to initiate interaction with CRDF to further explore opportunities, we have established the following procedures to communicate the nature of the idea and to allow for appropriate follow-up. By following these simple steps, those interested in seeking to discuss opportunities can assist in the process greatly.
In order to address potential ideas that could assist in management or mitigation of HLB, please consider submitting information related to the following questions by email to [email protected].
- Your complete name (and company name if appropriate), along with contact information, preferably phone and email address
- A brief description of your idea or material that might be of interest to HLB management or mitigation
- Basis or evidence that the idea has merit – preliminary data, tests with related systems, etc. This does not need to be shared explicitly, but rather described to characterize what is known to support the proposed use against HLB or ACP. Why do you think this idea will affect ACP or HLB?
- What is the Intellectual Property situation related to this idea – If known, who has protected it, what are the current conditions of IP? What is your role in IP?
- What is yours or your company’s proposed role in moving this idea forward?
- What is required or requested of CRDF?
Once this information has been submitted by email to [email protected], our program managers can review and follow up on the information provided. This will allow us to respond to inquiries in a timely and productive manner.