Citrus

HLB Funding Prioritized in Farm Bill Proposal

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) commends Chairwoman Stabenow of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Chairman Glenn Thompson from the House Agriculture Committee for prioritizing the citrus industry’s fight against Huanglongbing (HLB) in each of their frameworks for the 2024 Farm Bill. Each Chair’s framework continues support of the Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program at $25 million per year for …

California Citrus Breeding Program Expanding with Congressional Support

Today, Presidents of California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Citrus Research Board (CRB) issued statements applauding Congressional leaders for recently approving additional funds for the new citrus breeding program in Parlier, California. Congress is allocating an additional $500,000 in federal funding on top of the $1 million granted last year to expand the program into California. The program will now receive $1.5 …

RNAi Technology: Another Biological Tool in the IPM Arsenal

As the food production faces the persistent threat of endemic and invasive pests, researchers continue to develop new technologies and strategies for protecting crops from these threats.  One such new technology is RNA interference (RNAi) with targeted mechanisms towards specific pests.  RNAi can be used as a trait in a crop or as a sprayable product against the target pest.  …

Citrus Thrips Field Day at Lindcove on April 9

As thrips season approaches, University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor Sandipa Gautam is organizing a field day focused on citrus thrips. This event will be organized at Lindcove Research Center on April 9, from 9:00 AM -11:00 AM. This objective of field day is to teach PCAs/field scouts about thrips biology and identification, differentiating flower thrips from citrus thrips, and best management approaches as …

Update to ACP and HLB Bulk Citrus Movement Requirements

Effective March 12, 2024, the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division (CPDPD) has updated the requirements for moving bulk citrus fruit from an Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) quarantine zone to a packer/processor in a Huanglongbing (HLB) quarantine area. Citrus fruit may now be moved from any ACP quarantine zone to an HLB quarantine area for packing or processing without a mitigation, such as a …

Citrus Greening (HLB) Impacting Brazilian Citrus Crop – Annual Report

The Brazilian orange crop for Marketing Year (MY) 2023/24 is forecast at 408 million 40.8-kg boxes (MBx) – standard reference, equivalent to 16.5 million metric tons (MMT), a decrease of 1.03 percent compared to the estimate of current crop MY 2022/23 (around 412.3 million boxes or 16.67 MMT), due to the incidence of greening, which has been affecting Brazil’s citrus belt. …

Grant Aims for Smarter Apple Harvesting

Researchers have been awarded a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to improve the efficiency of automated apple harvesting robotics. Led by Ming Luo, Flaherty assistant professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University (WSU), the interdisciplinary team of researchers will develop a cyber-physical system that aims to integrate human intelligence and machine learning, enhance decision-making and actuation, and …

New Apple Variety Blends Honeycrisp, Cripps Pink

Washington State University’s newest apple variety, WA 64, is a sweet, tart, firmly crisp hybrid of Honeycrisp and Cripps Pink, a variety that includes the well-known Pink Lady®. Officially released for commercial licensing this summer, WA 64 is expected to reach stores in 2029. WSU will select a partner in the coming weeks to make trees available to growers, and the college will choose …

Congressman Valadao Introduces Package of Bipartisan Bills to Support Specialty Crop Producers

Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-22) introduced two bipartisan bills to improve the domestic specialty crop industry – the Specialty Crop Domestic Market Promotion Program Act and the Specialty Crop Mechanization Assistance Act. Specialty crops are a cornerstone of California agriculture – the state produces the most specialty crops in the country both in quantity and diversity, with over 400 …

Novel Technology May Lead to Improved Citrus Varieties

Developing disease-resistant, high-quality improved crop varieties to benefit agricultural producers and consumers may seem like a “hairy” task, but Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists may have gotten to the root of the issue. A new biological technology that develops and multiplies disease-resistant citrus plants using “hairy roots” is under development by an AgriLife Research team led by Kranthi Mandadi, Ph.D. Mandadi is …

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