Citrus Greening was discovered in 2005. Since then, it’s caused widespread destruction of the Florida Citrus industry – with no known cure. The CRDF was established in 2008 to combat the HLB disease. Since then, it’s spent over 70 million dollars – and in their most recent trial (August 2017 CRDF Bactericide Field Trial Update), admit the treatment will take multiple additional years to possibly become effective: “Evidence suggests that multiple years of treatment are necessary.”
Citrus Greening has even made the news, and the controversial antibiotic solution has gained negative press such as National Geographic. In addition, groups such as “Keep Antibiotics Working” have advocated to retract the EPA section-18 emergency registration for oxytetracycline, citing concerns it may weaken its efficacy in humans. In other news, the general over usage of antibiotics is causing the evolution of “nightmare bacteria” which are resistant to modern antibiotics and are wreaking havoc on human health.
The National Institute of Health is warning of a “Rapid emergence of resistant bacteria worldwide, endangering the efficacy of antibiotics.”
The August 2017 trial by the CRDF which treated over 131,000 acres with MycoShield, FireLine, and FireWall products admitted to requiring “multiple years” before hoped for results can be shown. In their publicly available trial summary prepared by Stephanie Slinski “CRDF Bactericide Field Trial Update” presented at the Citrus Expo August 17, 2017, 8 out of 16 trial sites actually experienced decreases in fruit yield compared to untreated trees:
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