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Thermotherapy for HLB Management - Historical perspective, anecdotal evidences, and recent research progress

  • Author(s): Xia, Y.;
  • Fan, G.;
  • Deng, X.;
  • Takeuchi, Y.;
  • Sequeira, R.
  • et al.

Although Asian type HLB is regarded as heat-tolerant, our literature review and analysis of climate data suggest that high summer temperature appears to restrict HLB distribution and occurrence. HLB worldwide distribution and severity appear to be impacted by high summer temperature - HLB is the most severe in the subtropical and tropical regions with moderate summer temperature maxima. Florida in the US, São Paulo in Brazil, Guangdong in China, and severe HLB occurrence regions share this climate characteristic.

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