Addressing the Threat of Huanglongbing in the Mediterranean Region: a Challenge to Save the Citrus Industry
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With the participation and input of: A.M. Aguado Martinez (Spain), C. Amate Llobregat (Spain), D. Bellon Dona (Spain), E. Bousdjira (Algeria), M.A. De Cal y Cortina (Spain), M. El Guilli (Morocco), F.D. Erdogus (Turkey), C. Garcia Benitez (Spain), M. Gascon Marco (Spain), M.B. Guijarro Diaz-Otero (Spain), M. D. Hernandez Gallardo (Spain), H. Izarirene (Algeria), H. Jugde (France), M. M. Julian Bailera (Spain), A. Karanfil (Turkey), A. Kheder (Egypt), M. I. Larena Nistal (Spain), A. I. Mari Leon (Spain), M. Melaouhia (Tunisia), B. Nasraoui (Tunisia), P. Pasko Kuteli (Albania), A. Qadda (Morocco), M. Soliman (Egypt), D. Zaag Ben Ahmed (Tunisia). actions that must include the development of genetically modified citrus cultivars resistant to the causal liberibacter agents or to infection by the psyllid vectors. As management of HLB would be difficult in the Mediterranean area, in particular because of the small size of most citrus orchards, all efforts should be concentrated towards preventing HLB entrance and spread in the area.