USDA NIFA SCRI Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (SFS)
Date: June 29, 2018
Time: All Day
Contact: Vanity Campbell
Sponsor: Contracts and Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-SCRI-006550
Funding Organization's Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM PT *Pre-application deadline*
Discipline/Subject Area: Citrus disease
ANR Priority Area(s): SNE
Funding Available($): $4,000,000
Description: The Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) program seeks to:
A. Combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive and including huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid, which pose imminent harm to United States citrus production and threaten the future viability of the citrus industry; and
B. Provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research and extension activities funded through SCRI/CDRE and other research and extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests.
Based on consultation with the Citrus Disease Sub-committee (CDS) of the National Agricultural Research, Extension Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board on January 25 and 26, 2018, only applications that deal with the huanglongbing (HLB, citrus greening) complex or its management will be considered in FY2018.
The CDS identified seven areas of highest priority for the current competition. Those areas, ranked by CDS for importance, are:
1. Therapies to prevent or suppress Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) bacteria within trees.
2. Development of tolerance or resistance in commercial citrus in all production areas with a focus on delivery of new cultivars (or rootstocks and scions) using all available strategies, with consideration of pathogen genetic diversity.
3. Improve productivity of infected trees, including root health.
4. Systems for delivery of therapies into the phloem of citrus trees, including the root system.
5. Culturing or cultivating the CLas bacterium.
6. Early detection of the bacterium in host and vector.
7. Development of pre- and post-harvest tools to maximize citrus fruit quality for use in fresh fruit or processed products.
Pre-applications proposing research and extension on other citrus diseases or citrus disease vectors will be returned without review. The CDRE program only considers projects that integrate research and extension activities.
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