The citrus relatives planting (85 seed source genotypes from the gene bank) has been assessed for growth and apparent HLB tolerance. Within the genus Citrus, measures of tolerance msuch as canopy density, health, and tree size, correlate positively with % citron in pedigree, with r2 of 0.3-0.6. A manuscript describing apparent tolerance to HLB in citrus and citrus-related germplasm has been submitted. Chemical, morphological and transcriptome characteristics are being assessed to determine what factors are associated with observed tolerance (three distinct projects), so they can be used in early screening and possibly directed transgenesis. A paper describing HLB resistance in this population has just been published in Plant Disease. These data suggest that citron-derived germplasm should be used as part of a portfolio of citrus cultivar improvement efforts for Florida production. In October 2013, 34 unique genotypes (USDA hybrids) some of which appear to have tolerance to HLB, and 16 standard commercial varieties were exposed to an ACP no-choice feeding trial and have been transferred to the field at Ft. Pierce FL. Standard growth measurements and disease ratings were initiated in July 2014 and will continue on a quarterly basis. HLB is now widespread and trees of more vigorous scion types are generally the healthiest at this point in time. Data taken in the next quarter should show marked distinctions between genotypes in HLB-tolerance. Development of periclinal chimeras with resistant vascular tissue from Poncirus and remaining layers from sweet orange is underway. Generation of new chimeras has been difficult. An existing periclinal chimera (Satsuma and Poncirus) has been imported and is now being grown at USHRL for testing. A method for the rapid identification of potential sources of HLB resistance is being developed. This project involves the screening of citrus seedlings at the 3 to 5 leaf stage, or very small micrografted trees, that are exposed to HLB infect ACP feeding. CLas titer levels, using real time PCR, are easily detectable in most plants at 3 weeks By nine weeks after exposure, susceptible genotypes can be clearly distinguished from reported resistant material by higher CLas levels in roots. Averaged across genotypes and tissues, total CLas per tree was 5 billion in week 3 after ACP exposure and doubled every 3 weeks through week 12. This should be especially useful for screening anti-Las transgenics. Trees of seemingly HLB resistant/tolerant sweet orange-like hybrids and mandarin -types were propagated on x639. Replicated trials with standards have been established, in cooperation with G. McCollum. Six locations each of all sweet orange-like together and 4 with all mandarins were established in replicated block plantings with 6-8 trees of each cultivar at each site (in Ridge, IR and Gulf coast). Evaluation of existing cultivar/rootstock combinations for HLB resistance/tolerance has revealed potentially valuable tolerance and indicates that early HLB symptoms and earlier CLas titer are unrelated to growth and cropping. In August 2010, the plants were established at Pico�s farm in Ft. Pierce FL. Despite the high incidence of mottle in �SugarBelle�/ SourOrange, it had the greatest overall increase in diameter. ‘SugarBelle’ and ‘Tango’ (which were not on the same stock as ‘Hamlin’ and so results should be viewed as comparing cultivar/rootstock combinations) were the healthiest in overall appearance in 10/15 and had the most fruit (88 per tree). A mapping population of Fortune x Fairchild has been planted (collaborating Roose and Gmitter) along with related material, in an effort to identify genes associated with tolerance in the mandarin phenotypic group. Seedlings with a range of pedigree contributions from Microcitrus have been received in a collaboration with M. Smith, Queensland Aus. citrus breeder, and are being grown for field testing of HLB resistance.