Vol 124 (2011): Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society

Economic Arguments for and against Tree Eradication to Control HLB

Frtiz Rok
University of Florida/IFAS, Southwest Research and Education Center, 2685 State Road 29 North, Immokalee, FL 34142
Published December 1, 2011
  • profits,
  • net present value,
  • risk,
  • nutritional therapy


Management of HLB (CandidatusLiberibacter asiaticus) through eradication of symptomatic trees has to be considered in the context of current public policy, state of scientific knowledge, and economic factors important to individual growers. This paper reviews the economic conditions that drive grower decisions toward either tree eradication to control HLB inoculum or toward nutritional therapies that attempt to maintain production from HLB infected trees. Individual grower incentives may not necessarily coincide with overall industry welfare.