Entomology alumni addressing citrus industry challenges

Two entomology graduates, Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski and Lukasz Stelinski, are working to address challenges facing Florida's citrus industry.

Two entomology graduates, Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski and Lukasz Stelinski, are working to address challenges facing Florida’s citrus industry. Citrus greening disease is one of the most serious citrus plant diseases in the world. Once a tree is infected, there is no cure. Kirsten is investigating the use of insect endosymbionts to reduce pathogen transmission by Asian citrus psyllid. Lukasz has worked with low volume pesticide treatment methods that are saving the citrus industry an estimated $40 million per year. Read about their work, the influences of their studies at MSU and life as a couple of entomologists raising a family at the University of Florida in our Alumni Profiles.

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