Archive for December 6, 2008

Canker and Greening Resistant Citrus To Be Planted

CLEWISTON — Disease-resistant trees that could save the Florida citrus industry from its two biggest threats – greening and canker – are scheduled to be planted in Southern Gardens Citrus groves starting in early 2009, the company said Thursday.

Genetically altered red grapefruit trees already have been shown to resist the two bacterial diseases in lab tests by researchers at Texas A&M University’s AgriLife complex.

“It is a good start,” Southern Gardens President Ricke Kress said of the field experiment. Southern Gardens, a subsidiary of U.S. Sugar, owns 16,500 acres of active groves and produces and packages orange juice.

In fact, it’s believed to be the first time such experimental citrus has been planted anywhere outside a laboratory.

Greening, considered one of the world’s most serious citrus diseases, was first detected in the United States in Homestead in 2005. Infected trees produce bitter, misshapen fruit. It has since spread to 30 citrus-producing Florida counties, as well as Louisiana. Canker, a less severe bacterial disease that causes blemished fruit, was the target of an 11-year, $1.6 billion eradication program in Florida.

There is no cure for either. Read the rest of the story at Palm Beach Post.

As the story points out in some detail, citrus has been dealt a devastating blow by greening and canker. If these trees are indeed resistant, perhaps it will save some farmland from turning into parking lots and suburbs.

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Silence = Acceptance? Hell Yeah.

I wrote in my book, America Alone, that “reforming” Islam is something only Muslims can do. But they show very little sign of being interested in doing it, and the rest of us are inclined to accept that. Spread a rumor that a Koran got flushed down the can at Gitmo, and there’ll be rioting throughout the Muslim world. Publish some dull cartoons in a minor Danish newspaper, and there’ll be protests around the planet. But slaughter the young pregnant wife of a rabbi in Bombay in the name of Allah, and that’s just business as usual. And, if it is somehow “understandable” that for the first time in history it’s no longer safe for a Jew to live in India, then we are greasing the skids for a very slippery slope. Muslims, the AP headline informs us, “worry about image.” Not enough. Read the rest of the excellent article by Mark Steyn here.

I don’t have much tolerance left, and I’m damn sure all out of giving the benefit of the doubt.

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Mayo Clinic Surgeon Is Air National Guard Brigadier General

A Jacksonville surgeon is now a brigadier general for the Florida Air National Guard.

Joseph Martin, chief of staff of the Air National Guard headquarters, was promoted from colonel Friday in a ceremony at the historic St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine.

Martin, who lives in Jacksonville, is an emeritus surgical oncologist at Mayo Clinic specializing in surgery of the pancreas. His military career began in 1985 as a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve Medical Corps. For the next 23 years he served in various roles including flight surgeon and joined the Florida Air National Guard’s 125th Fighter Wing in 1986.

Read the rest in Jacksonville.com.

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Victims Urge Gun Control

Heh. Found at Robert D’s.

I’ve always been a big proponent of an armed citizenry. It keeps people polite, and I value politeness.

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