. "APPENDIX A PROPOSALS RECOMMENDED FOR FUNDING." Letter Report to the Florida Department of Citrus on the Review of Research Proposals on Citrus Greening, December, 2008. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2008.
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Letter Report to the Florida Department of Citrus on the Review of Research Proposals on Citrus Greening, December, 2008
First year funds requested (total direct)
Requested period of funding, yrs
Estimated full term requested budget
Committee recommended funds, yr 1
Committee recommended period of funding, yrs
Committee recommended funds, full term
Cumulative (running total) of recommended funding for all proposals, First year
Comments and Explanations of Recommended Changes to Budget
Development of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, tissue culture cell lines
Recommend budget increase to facilitate distribution and use of cell lines.
Efficacy of interplanting citrus with guava as a control strategy for Huanglongbing
Alternative Hosts of HLB to Assist in Disease Management
Change in select agent status should reduce costs.
Psyllid mediated completion of pathogenicity tests (Koch’s Postulates) with a pure culture of the associated Huanglongbing causal bacterium
Budget reduced unless need for Brlansky’s participation can be justified; funding for year 2 requires completion of Koch’s postulates in year 1.
Evaluate Differences in Response to HLB by Scions on Different Rootstocks
International citrus genome consortium (ICGC): Providing tools to address HLB and other challenges
Committee considered budget request to be excessive for the activities proposed.
Preparation of antibodies against Candidatus liberibacter asiaticus
Annual support for consultants Briansky and Damsteegt reduced $50K per year ($150K total). Pysllid rearing & infectivity not well described. The recommended budget was reduced to bring it in line with the expected efforts in the various laboratories involved.
Epidemiology and disease control of HLB
Recommend employing US-based postdoc in place proposed UK postdoc, salary reduced from 190K to 50K; the 4 yr term requested is not allowed by the
Examine the response of different genotypes of citrus to citrus greening (Huanglongbing) under different conditions
After much discussion, the budget as requested is considered to be reasonable.