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Papaya trees decapitated

Papaya trees decapitated

papaya vandalism from the.honoluluadvertiser.com

Vandals Destroy 10 Acres Of Big Island Papayas

Island Television, 20 Jul 2011

Vandals struck three farms in the Kapoho area on the Big Island, cutting down about 10 acres of genetically engineered papaya trees with machetes. “They were mostly ready to pick. We were going to pick them tomorrow. We were going to harvest them tomorrow," said farmer Lea Bernardo.

Genetically engineered ringspot-resistant papaya saved Hawaii's papaya crop from decimation in the 1990s. Other than genetic engineering, no viable approach to combating papaya ringspot virus existed then or now.


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