Join the CRB for this year's FREE Growers Educational Seminar Series
Growers Seminar Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education (CE) Units have been applied for through the California
Department of Pesticide Regulation for license categories
PCA, QAL, QAC and Private Applicators. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Units have also been applied for and are pending approval.
District 3 Board Nomination Meeting California Desert Region Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:30 AM - CRB Board Nominations Check-In
8:00 AM - CRB Board Nominations Meeting and Voting UC Riverside - Palm Desert
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211
District 1 Board Nomination Northern California Region Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 AM - CRB Board Nominations Check-In
8:00 AM - CRB Board Nominations Meeting and Voting Exeter Veterans Memorial Building
324 N. Kaweah Avenue, Exeter, CA 93221
If you have any questions regarding the nomination meetings, please call Franco Bernardi, interim President of the Citrus Research Board at
(559) 738-0246 or Kacie Fritz in the Marketing Branch at (916) 900-5018.
Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) Helps Re-plant Citrus History at The Mission Inn
Photo Caption (left to right): Mr. Tony Maalouf, General Manager, The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa; Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, University of California, Riverside; and Kathryn Uhrich, Ph.D., Dean of College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside participate in the official tree planting.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, CRB staff members Carolina Evangelo and Tamara Tollison attended a tree planting ceremony and reception at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. The ceremony was held 116 years to the day that President Theodore Roosevelt planted a naval orange tree in the same location at the Inn. During the years of the Inn’s closure, Professor George Zentmyer, carried water to the tree to keep in alive. Unfortunately, the original tree did not make it.
A new tree was gifted to the Inn by the International Organization of Citrus Virologists (IOCV), during the organizations conference in March of 2019. The tree was grafted and grown by Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, University of California, Riverside and his staff. The new tree is a fifth-generation descendant of the original parent Navel tree that was imported from Bahia, Brazil in 1873 and still stands at the crossroads of Arlington and Magnolia in Riverside.
Special guests of the ceremony included hotel owners Mr. Duane Roberts and Mrs. Kelly Roberts. Guest speakers at the planting ceremony included: Mr. Tony Maalouf, General Manager of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa; Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, University of California, Riverside; Kathryn Uhrich, Ph.D., Dean of College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside and Carol Krieger, Past President, Friends of the Mission Inn. Representative Luke Villalobos from the Mayor’s Office, City of Riverside, presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Friends of the Mission Inn and the IOCV for their collaboration on the re-planting of the navel tree.
A commemorative plaque will be displayed near the tree on the Spanish Patio of the Inn, naming the tree for the late Professor George Zentmyer and recognizing the IOCV’s contribution towards the tree.
Photo Caption (left to right): Anne Seymour, Vice President of Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau; Carolina Evangelo, Director of Communications of Citrus Research Board; Tamara Tollison, Communications Assistant Citrus Research Board; Carol Brown, Group Sales Manager The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa; Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program, University of California, Riverside and Kathryn Uhrich, Ph.D., Dean of College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside have all worked together to coordinate the historic re-planing of the George Zentmyer Tree.
A delegation of CRB board members, CRB consultant and staff traveled to Washington D.C. for stakeholder meetings this past April. The group included Dan Dreyer, CRB Chairman; Greg Galloway, CRB Board Member; Melinda Klein, Ph.D., CRB Chief Research Scientist and Ed Civerolo, Ph.D., CRB Consultant.
The first day was spent at an all-day meeting at the ARS National Program 304 Customer Stakeholder Workshop in Beltsville, Maryland. Every five years the goals and programs within each USDA-ARS national program are reviewed and new goals are prepared with stakeholder involvement. At this event, the Citrus Research Board joined a number of other research boards from across the U.S. involved in the research topics covered within the four divisions of USDA National Program 304 – Systematics and Identification; Weeds; Insects and Mites; Protection of Post-Harvest Commodities, Quarantine and Methyl Bromide Alternatives. Some of the USDA researchers within this National Program that the CRB supports or has previously worked with include: Spencer Walse, Ph.D., David Obenland, Ph.D., Michelle Heck, Ph.D., Bob Shatters, Ph.D. and Ed Stover, Ph.D. The meeting included an overview of current program activities (which can be found HERE), followed by presentations from different commodity representatives and a breakout session in the afternoon to develop plans for the coming year. Taking advantage of the trip back east, a second day of meetings were lined up and the delegation met with Michelle Esch, Special Projects Coordinator and Executive Director of the NAREEE (National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics) Advisory Board – this advisory board identifies the priority areas for the Citrus Disease Research and Extension (CDRE) Program at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The delegation also met with Tom Bewick, the National Program Leader for the Division of Plant Systems-Production at NIFA, to discuss changes in the CDRE program following the 2018 Farm Bill passage.
Finally, the group met with Sarah Doese, National Corn Grower’s Association Manager for Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, to review the status of a National Plant Phenotyping initiative that was supported by the CRB in 2016. This trip was an excellent opportunity for board members to spend more time with our collaborators at the national level and was all around an informative set of meetings.
Photo Caption (left to right): Dan Dreyer, CRB Chairman; Melinda Klein, Ph.D.,
CRB Chief Research Scientist and Greg Galloway, CRB Board Member
Rick Dunn Celebrates 10-Years with the CRB
The CRB would like to recognize and congratulate Rick Dunn, Director of Data and Information Management, for 10-years of service and dedication to the organization. Thank you, Rick and congratulations!
Photo Caption: CRB Interim President Franco Bernardi congratulates CRB Director of Data & Information Management Rick Dunn for his service to the CRB.
New Huanglongbing Detection in Riverside
A residential citrus tree in the city of Riverside has tested positive for Huanglongbing (HLB). The citrus tree was located on a previous detection site from 2017. This is the first HLB detection in Riverside County since 2017. The California Department of Food and Agriculture is in the process of removing the HLB-positive tree.
New Requirements for Movement of Citrus
Into a Huanglongbing Quarantine Area
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has changed the requirements for moving citrus fruit grown outside of an Huanglongbing (HLB) quarantine area into the HLB quarantine area for final packing and processing.
There is also new protocol for moving citrus fruit grown outside of an HLB quarantine area and moved into the HLB quarantine for mitigation, and then moved back outside of the HLB quarantine area for final packing/processing.
Management of Weeds in Citrus Orchards Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Dr. Travis Bean, assistant weed science specialist in UCCE, will discuss
weed management in citrus. More information to come.
Citrus Dry Root Rot Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Dr. Akif Eskalen, Plant Pathology Specialist in UCCE, will discuss the citrus dry
root rot and its management. More information to come. One DPR CE unit (other) and
one CCA CE unit (IPM) are pending.
To register for the webinars, please CLICK HERE. Please register in advance for the webinars.
CLICK HERE for recordings of the past webinars or visit the UC IPM YouTube channel. CE hours are NOT available for recorded webinars.
California Citrus Mutual Offers Scholarships
California Citrus Mutual (CCM) is accepting applications for three scholarships, awarded annually, to students who are pursuing an education and future in the agricultural industry. The deadline to apply for all three scholarships is May 31, 2019.