Citrus trees and crops face serious threats from infectious diseases, especially citrus greening disease or huanglongbing (HLB). This disease reduces production and destroys the economic value of fruit. The spread and cause of HLB are associated with a phloem-feeding insect (Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri) and a fastidious bacterium (Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus). The Citrus Research and Development Foundation established the Citrus Advanced Technology Program (CATP) to search internationally for solutions to HLB, citrus canker and other critical Florida citrus diseases through sponsored research. Projects address research that contributes to short-to-intermediate term solutions as well as longer-term solutions to these diseases. Product delivery and commercialization of solutions falls within the goals of CRDF, as does communication of progress and results to stakeholders. CRDF supports competitively awarded projects for up to 3 years through an annual request cycle. New research initiatives should complement the existing portfolio of research projects listed in CRDF Currently Funded Projects and currently summarized in the progress reports.
Those interested in submitting applications for consideration can review the current priorities for this program. The National Academy 23 Recommendations for the Florida Citrus Industry areas of expertise are further grouped into 13 Categories of HLB Research .
The Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2019 call for proposals. Please refer to the 2019 RFP Full Proposal Instructions for the RFP Timeline, Priorities for research topics, and detailed instructions and links to forms for Pre-proposal submission, the first stage of the funding process. Note that the Pre-proposal Form (PP-19) has been updated for 2019; only current forms will be accepted. Questions should be emailed to email@example.com.