Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

36  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84330)

Principal Investigator: Kunta, M.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 349,794

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 11/1/20 - 10/31/25

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Citrus Research Center

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Agricultural Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: CAP: Providing Practical Solutions for HLB Treatment and Prevention

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: New Mexico Consortium / USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture

CFDA: 10.309

Program Title: none


SAMS 1.1.1 The main goal of this research is to develop a pipeline for producing, testing, and commercializing citrus-derived peptides and proteins for effective, affordable, and safe treatment and prevention of HLB. Several field trials will be conducted concurrently in Florida and Texas to determine the efficacy of the peptides. The most promising transgenic citrus (Hamlin, Ray Ruby, Valencia, Carrizo, Sour Orange, and US-942) lines will be propagated simultaneously for field and greenhouse studies. We will screen transgenic plants for HLB-tolerance both in greenhouse and field conditions. We will impart the knowledge of how scientific discoveries are translated into tools for solving real world problems such as HLB. Specifically, training modules will be prepared by the PD and Co-PIs on: bacterial pathogenesis and plant innate immune response; design and topical/transgenic delivery of plant-derived peptides and proteins for disease therapy; measurement of transcriptome and microbiome and analysis of their role in immune defense and plant health; commercialization of products: from discovery to marketplace.

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