Researchers and citrus farmers are trying to discover ways to control a serious citrus disease, citrus greening, also called Huanglongbing (HLB) or yellow dragon disease. Currently there is no cure, but recent studies done by the University of Florida, USDA and some area farmers have found that using steam from a Sioux Steam-Flo® Steam Generator on infected trees can slow down the bacteria and make the trees healthier. This process is being called Thermotherapy or tree sanitation. This is good news for the citrus industry. Currently researchers are experimenting with temperature and amount of exposure time to steam.
HLB is thought to have originated in China in the early 1900s. The disease is spread by insects. HLB has been present in Florida since 1998. Citrus greening disease is a threat to the U.S. citrus industry. Other than tree removal, there is no effective control once a tree is infected. Infected trees may produce misshapen, unmarketable, bitter fruit. citrus greening thermotherapy HLB Sioux steam floCitrus greening reduces the quantity and quality of citrus fruits, eventually rendering infected trees useless. In areas of the world affected by citrus greening the average productive lifespan of citrus trees has dropped from 50 or more years to 15 or less. The trees in the orchards usually die 3-5 years after becoming infected and require removal and replanting. An infected tree produces fruit that is unsuitable for sale as fresh fruit or for juice.
Contact Sioux today to learn more about HLB thermotherapy and tree sanitation. See how a Steam-Flo® Steam Generator could help you fight citrus greening on your farms.