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DOGS PLAY CRITICAL ROLE IN AGRICULTURE

"This article has an application for disease detection in the mango industry as well"
~ Will Cavan Executive Director International mango Organization (IMO)









Meet the Canines Sniffing Out Trouble in Florida's Orange Groves

Melissa Mittelman melissa_mitts



March 3, 2016 — 3:00 PM PSTUpdated on March 4, 2016 — 8:21 AM PST







A member of the ten-dog squad that is becoming a crucial ally in stopping the spread of citrus greening.
Source: USDA






10-dog unit is early-warning system for tree-killing disease



Detecting before symptoms emerge, more accurate than lab test







Mira’s nose is so sensitive that she can smell sick citrus trees, and U.S. orange growers are hoping her super sniffer will help combat one of the biggest threats ever to their crop.




The government has trained 10 dogs including Mira -- a 32-month-old German Shepherd-Belgian Malinois mix -- to identify a bacteria that has been killing citrus trees for a decade in Florida, the biggest domestic producer. Similar to canine teams that s…