The goal of this project is to develop management strategies which boost natural defense mechanisms to control Huanglongbing (HLB) disease by counteracting salicylic acid (SA) hydroxylase of Ca. Liberibacter asiaticus (Las). Our previous study indicate that Las contains a functional SA hydroxylase that degrades SA and its derivatives. SA and its derivatives play important roles in plant defenses. Las employs SA hydroxylase to suppress plant defenses. Our central hypothesis is that we can improve HLB management by counteracting SA hydroxylase. We will focus on counteracting SA hydroxylase using inhibitors based on structure based design. The SA hydroxylase protein is being expressed in E.coli and purified. Several inhibitors identified using structure based design will be tested for their inhibitory effect against SA hydroxyalse.