Certis USA annually donates proceeds from its top citrus products to fund research conducted by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. The 2019 "Certis for Citrus" $20,000 donation was presented by Dr. Michael Dimock, Certis USA
Certis USA has donated $20,000 to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (CRDF) to help fund the non-profit’s research aimed at finding a cure for huanglongbing (HLB; citrus greening). For the third year “Certis for Citrus” has used sales from their top citrus products to help find a solution to one of the industry’s most serious issues.
The check was presented by Dr. Michael Dimock, Certis USA Vice-President of Field Development to CRDF officials, Rick Dantzler, COO, and Larry Black, Board President, at the organization’s board meeting held during the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla. on June 12.
“We are grateful to be part of the CRDF’s goal of finding a cure for HLB through our annual “Certis for Citrus” program,” said Mike Allan, Certis USA Vice-President, North America.
“The Florida citrus community has overwhelmingly supported and used Kocide® as an important part of controlling bacterial and fungal diseases in growers’ orchards. Certis USA is pleased to contribute to the research efforts to enhance disease control options through our annual donation to the CRDF.”
Under the “Certis For Citrus program” Certis USA has made a donation to CRDF based on every pound of Kocide® 3000-O or Kocide® 2000-O copper fungicide purchased by a Florida citrus grower in the year prior.
“The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is very grateful to Certis USA for its continuing support. Their efforts help growers maintain production in this difficult citrus- growing environment,” said CRDF COO, Rick Dantzler.
As the industry frontrunner in the development of biopesticide solutions, Certis USA’s portfolio includes several products with proven efficacy in controlling diseases that affect citrus production. According to Allan, a new product will soon be available for Florida citrus growers’ arsenals.
“Certis USA has been successfully harnessing the power of bacteriophages to combat bacterial diseases and resistance issues with our AgriPhage® family of products, including AgriPhage® Bactericide for tomato speck and spot disease and AgriPhage® CMM for bacterial canker on tomatoes,” says Allan.
“In Florida, citrus growers will soon be able to capture that power through the integration of AgriPhage™ Citrus Canker into their existing canker-control program.”