The particle films are applied to crops to manage environmental challenges like high heat or sunburn, or manage pests, such as aphids or psyllids. Particle films can reduce infestations because the particle films hide the natural plant colors that help some insects find their plant host.
2-year old ‘Hamlin’ sweet orange in Florida with red or white particle films
How are particle films being used to help fight against huanglongbing (HLB)? Visit the Research Snapshot page to learn more: https://ucanr.edu/sites/scienceforcitrushealth/Research_Snapshots/Vincent
About Research Snapshots
We have developed short, descriptions of research projects that aim to help in the fight against HLB. These projects include traditional breeding and genetic engineering to create resistant citrus varieties, psyllid modification, using other organisms to deliver HLB-resistance genes, and early detection of the bacterium in trees.