Research that could save California’s USD2 Billion Citrus Industry
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have made an important step in understanding the molecular mechanism of huanglongbing (HLB), a destructive disease that is a serious threat to the citrus industry worldwide.
HLB, also known as citrus greening disease, has devastated groves in Asia, South America, and the southern U.S., costing the Florida citrus industry billions of dollars since 2005.
“This study represents an important step towards better understanding the HLB disease mechanism, which will help us develop novel approaches to control this unstoppable disease,” Ma, a professor of plant pathology in UCR’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences, said.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on April 18 from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics at UC Riverside and a Guest Investigator on the TESS Mission, witnessed the take-off from the launch viewing site in Cape Canaveral. Kane is a key part of the TESS mission and is a member of UCR’s NASA-funded Alternative Earths Astrobiology Centre.
“The spacecraft is reported to be in good health and both solar arrays have been deployed. TESS is now being deployed into its final orbit that will cross the orbit of the moon,” Kane said.
Engineering graduate student is Ford Foundation Fellow
Vicente Robles is the recent recipient of a 2018 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
This USD24,000 fellowship will support Robles’ effort to develop a new method to deliver therapeutic agents, such as drugs or genes, directly into living cells. Current methods for introducing foreign materials into cells, known as transfection, rely on puncturing the outer membrane with a laser, which risks heat damage to the cell, or a pipette, which risks contamination.
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