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Citrus Research Board Hires New Lab Director

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has announced the recent hiring of Qijun Xiang, Ph.D., as director of the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory in Riverside, California. 

As lab director, Xiang will work to re-establish a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-certified high throughput diagnostic laboratory designation for HLB detection with initial emphasis placed on ACP samples. He will report directly to CRB President Gary Schulz and will supervise laboratory staff responsible for preparing and analyzing insect and plant samples. Xiang’s group will work with CRB staff and other agencies such as the California Department of Food and Agriculture/Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, USDA-APHIS, USDA Agricultural Research Service and county pest control districts on regional diagnostic programs.

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Jim Gorden Elected CRB Chairman

Citrus veteran and pest management pioneer Jim Gorden was elected chairman of the Citrus Research Board (CRB) at a meeting of the Board on February 8, 2017. He will complete the term of Richard Bennett, who stepped down from the helm on January 20. Gorden previously had served as CRB chairman in 2009-11.
 
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CRB Researcher Michelle Cilia Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., California Citrus Research Board (CRB) researcher and research molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture & Health on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
 
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Photo Caption: Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., working in her lab with graduate student, Annie Kruse. Annie is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University working on citrus greening research in the Cilia Lab.

New Mandatory Tarping Regulation Meeting Scheduled for January 9

The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program will hold an industry meeting in the Central Valley on January 9 to review the new mandatory tarping requirement recently approved by the California Office of Administrative Law.

The emergency rule requires all bulk citrus loads to be fully tarped during transport regardless of where the load originates from or its destination. The statewide mandatory tarping regulation is in response to a recommendation from the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee to prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will begin contacting growers, haulers and packers to re-sign compliance agreements that include the tarping requirement. These entities are urged to begin preparations now while they wait to receive new compliance agreements.

To attend the informational meeting, CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 To review a Q&A on the new mandatory tarping rule, CLICK HERE

CRB Launches E-Newsletter Campaign!

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has launched it’s first edition of their monthly E-Newsletter for December 2016. The E-Newsletter hopes to bring you up-to-date news from the CRB and industry partners. Click on the link below to view the first edition and make sure to subscribe so that the January edition goes directly to your inbox.

Please click HERE for the 2016 December E-Newsletter

HLB External Review – Final Report

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has released the final report of the HLB External Review, conducted at University of California, Davis on September 6-9, 2016. This report is for use in making future research funding decisions, closing research gaps, encouraging closer collaboration and other purposes as identified in the report.

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Citrus Research Assessment Notice

Notice of the 2015-2016 Assessment Rate for the California Citrus Research Program

2015-2016 Citrus Research Assessment Notice

Citrus Research Board hires Gary Schulz as President

The Citrus Research Board (CRB), is proud to announce Gary Schulz as President. Schulz joined the organization on September 14, 2015 to manage the overall affairs of the program and guide strategic direction.

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CRB Past Research – Deficit Irrigation

CRB Past Research – Deficit Irrigation – David A. Goldhamer

In a year when water is scarce, deficit irrigation is a method to consider.  CRB funded  two research projects on regulated deficit irrigation (RDI) conducted by David Goldhamer in 1997-2000 and 2002-2006.  You can find these project reports categorized by year below. 

                 
    Regulated Deficit Irrigation of Orange Under High Evaporative Demand – Goldhamer    
                1997   1998 1999  2000 (Completion Report)
 
            
      Using Regulated Deficit Irrigation to Optimize Size in Late Harvest Navels – Goldhamer     
           2002  2003  2004 2005 2006 (Completion Report)

Citrograph Magazine Announces New Publishers

CRB Names Cribbs & Evangelo as New Publishers Citrograph Magazine

Feb. 3, 2014 – The publishing partnership of Cribbs and Evangelo has been selected to be publishers of Citrograph, the official magazine of the Citrus Research Board (CRB), according to Ken Keck, President of the CRB.

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