Spinach genes beef up citrus trees’ resistance to greening

Spinach, that same green leafy vegetable used by Popeye to pump up also may help citrus trees resist greening disease, or huanglongbing.

Erik Mirkov, a Texas AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Weslaco has transferred two genes from spinach into citrus, apparently imparting greening resistance, according to a news release.

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