What's the Problem?
Plant bacterial diseases like HLB (citrus greening), Tree Killer Xylella, Citrus Canker, Bacterial spot, Fire Blight, and many more, cause huge losses in fruit & vegetable production and postharvest stages (36 Bi USD/year lost).
There is a wide variety of bacterial pathogens affecting different crops distributed worldwide, all being treated with the same chemicals. So far, there is no cure. Copper-based chemicals and antibiotics have been until now the only choice to treat and prevent plant bacterial diseases. This has generated bacterial resistance, which means that year by year these chemicals become less efficient. They are harmful for the environment, human and animal health. Restrictions to these chemicals are increasing globally. Even worse, these chemicals are broad-spectrum, affecting soil microbiomes. And if soil microbiomes die, nothing grows.