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Swadeshmukul "Swadesh" Santra, Associate Professor in UCF's Nanoscience Technology Center, Department of Chemistry, and Biomolecular Science Center, is featured in an article from the Orlando Sentinel.
Santra was at a conference on citrus greening when an idea came to him that could save the state's ailing citrus industry.
That light-bulb moment helped Santra, who works in UCF's NanoScience Technology Center, invent a zinc-based liquid that is being tested as a treatment for deadly citrus greening.
At stake is Florida's $10.8 billion citrus industry.
"It's a 100-year-old disease," Santra said. "Nobody knows how to cultivate it in a lab, and there's no cure available to growers yet."
Corey Rodas, AMPAC, NSTC and MSE undergraduate student received an honorable mention at the 2015 Showcase of Undergraduate Research in the Life Sciences category for his poster Silk Fibroin Electrospun Nanostructures For Biomedical Applications.
Saiful Khondaker is a winner of UCF's 2014-2015 Research Incentive Awards. The UCF RIA program honors faculty whose research has substantially contributed to a body of knowledge or significantly influenced a field of study.