AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (970 WFLA/AP)- The Florida Citrus Research and Development foundation has received a $200,000 grant to help solve the problem of greening in the state's citrus crop.
Bayer Cropscience awarded the foundation the three-year grant on Monday during the Florida fruit and vegetable association's annual meeting.
Citrus greening is a bacterial disease that can weaken a tree's productivity. By some estimates, it has cost Florida upwards of $3.6 billion in lost orange juice production and jobs.
The citrus research and development foundation is a non-profit corporation based in Lake Alfred that's part of the University of Florida.
Experts say the citrus industry directly and indirectly contributes some 76,000 jobs in Florida and is a $9 billion industry.