Citrus greening, also known as huanglongbing or HLB, could be combated in Florida with bacteria-resistant trees, early detection and coordinated efforts.

Those are the findings of the National Research Council, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

Urgency, cooperation and persistent management are needed among producers, processors, government officials and scientists while solutions are developed and implemented, according to the report.

The Florida Department of Citrus had asked the council to develop a comprehensive solution to the disease.

To read the full 326-page report, titled “Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry – Addressing Citrus Greening Disease,” or the four-page summary, visit the National Academy of Sciences.