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The New York Times reports on greening, which has become "the world's most destructive citrus disease," and on how Florida is trying to save its vital citrus industry. First up: taking money away from marketing and moving it to research. "Spending will triple to $20 million next year and support more than 100 research projects, said Mr. McClure, who is chairman of the Florida Citrus Production Research Advisory Council," according to the story. USDA scientists are sequencing the pathogen, which has proven resistant to culturing in a lab.

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