Latest Phytoplasma Stories

2014-07-02 23:00:46

While health food, soft drink and consumer product companies are riding the wave of the coconut water and all-things-coconut trend, researchers such as Sporometrics’ Dr. Yaima Arocha-Rosete are working hard in the lab and field to combat disease in coconut trees. Sporometrics' is proud to announce that Dr. Arocha-Rosete is among the team of researchers to first report the molecular identification of the phyotoplasma (a bacteria-like organism) associated with a lethal disease in...

2008-07-23 17:00:55

Scientists are working to try to better understand how an unknown disease is targeting Florida's state tree. An increasing number of sabal palm trees in the Tampa Bay area have already died due to the mysterious unidentified disease. It may take scientists years to determine the disease, and even more time to reveal which insects are spreading it. "It's not simply a matter that we will be able to eradicate," said Monica Elliott, a University of Florida plant pathologist. "That's not very...

Word of the Day
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.