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Joint ACP Biological Control Task Force Receives Prestigious CDPR IPM Achievement Award

 

     The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), honored four organizations for their achievements in reducing risk from pesticide use in a public ceremony on February 12, 2018.

     “The variety of award winners this year demonstrates that pests—both in agricultural and urban settings—can be managed successfully using effective, low-risk methods,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “Integrated pest management is fundamental for managing pests thoughtfully and effectively in California.”

     The IPM Achievement Awards recognize organizations that use integrated pest management (IPM) to address the diverse pest management needs throughout California. IPM is a tool that allows people to manage pests by using natural and preventative strategies, and thus reduces the use of chemical pesticides. The awards will be given in the areas of innovation, leadership, and education and outreach.

     The Citrus Research Board Joint Agency Biological Control Task Force was one of the four honorees.

     In 2010, the Citrus Research Board (CRB) established a task force to help control an invasive insect pest called Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a serious threat to the $3 billion California citrus industry. ACPs, which are as small as a grain of rice, can infect backyard citrus trees (and potentially commercial orchards) with a bacteria that causes a devastating plant disease called Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease. There is no cure for HLB and it is fatal to trees. The CRB Joint Agency Biological Control Task Force was created and is comprised of the Citrus Research Board, California Department of Food & Agriculture, University of California-Riverside, the United States Department of Agriculture and Cal Poly-Pomona.

     Instead of relying solely on conventional pesticides to fight this insect, the task force developed a program using natural predators as a means of reducing ACP populations. The Task Force imported, reared and studied parasitic wasps from Pakistan that kill ACPs. These wasps are a key part of the first biocontrol program that successfully targeted and reduced ACP populations in urban areas and citrus orchards while replacing large-scale, pesticide-driven campaigns in sensitive urban sites. At this time, the project has been successfully implemented in several counties, including Imperial, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The Task Force was honored for innovation and leadership.

The Citrus Research Board would like to congratulate the other three honorees; Hines Landscaping San Francisco, Manteca Unified School District Operations Department and Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District and thank CDPR for this honor.

     

 

Job Announcement – HLB Data Analysis Tactical Operations Center (DATOC) Coordinator

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Interested Parties should email a resume to Rick.Dunn@CitrusResearch.org

CALIFORNIA CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: HLB Data Analysis Tactical Operations Center (DATOC) Coordinator

REPORTS TO: CRB Director of Data Management
PAY RANGE: $65,000 – $80,000 annualized salary, plus benefits
WORK HOURS: Monday through Friday, full time
LOCATION: Citrus Research Board
217 N. Encina
P.O. Box 230
Visalia, CA
CONTACT: Rick.Dunn@citrusresearch.org

REQUIRED EDUCATION:

• College graduate
• Successful completion of a comprehensive curriculum in Integrated Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Crop Disease Epidemiology, Bio-informatics, Mathematical Statistics, Agricultural Economics, Information Technology, or Spatial Analysis (GIS) or possessing equivalent relevant knowledge and experience

REQUIRED ABILITY:

• Computer skills including MS Office, Large Database, and ArcGIS applications
• Perform routine tasks in an office environment
• Effectively communicate with coworkers, stakeholders, and members of the public
• Adhere to CRB protocols and policies
• Accurately follow directions

JOB DUTIES:

• Develop and facilitate HLB DATOC analytic center operations
• Input, review, analyze and interpret diverse data relating to HLB (Huanglongbing, AKA Citrus Greening) biology, epidemiology, risk and management
• Conduct regularly scheduled, structured meetings with DATOC Science Panel members
• Work cooperatively with Citrus Research Board staff and other associated personnel
• Follow safe workplace practices
• Other duties as assigned

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Must be willing to attend training session(s) and / or continuing education courses
• Occasional overnight travel may be required

Complete HLB Data Analysis Tactical Operations Center (DATOC) Coordinator job description can be located HERE

EOE STATEMENT:
The Citrus Research Board is an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status or other characteristic protected by the law.

CRB HLB External Scientific 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 August 14-18, 2017. 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL REPORT

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL PRESS RELEASE

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).
 
 CLICK HERE TO READ FULL PRESS RELEASE


 
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.

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.

Please click HERE for more info

CRB 2016-2017 Research – Full Proposal Forms Now Available

2016-2017 Full Proposal Forms

Here you will find the 2016-2017 Full Proposal form, Subcontractor Budget form, and RFP Guidelines.
Full Proposal Form is HERE

Subcontractor Budget is HERE

RFP Guidelines is HERE

If you have any comments or question you may email: research@citrusresearch.org or call our office at (559)738-0246.

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.

See press release HERE