Breeding for generating HLB resistant citrus, and field evaluation of selected HLB tolerant hybrids
Principal Investigator Affiliation:
University of California, Riverside
- Mikeal Roose
Novel hybrids with desirable traits would be beneficial to the industry. Since citrus huanglongbing has established in the United States, many disease management techniques have been used with limited success. Availability of resistant varieties will provide sustainable solutions to the HLB problem. At the conclusion of the project, if certain hybrids are considered suitable for release, it will benefit the growers. Introducing beneficial traits to citrus varieties is needed since many of the common cultivars grown are very similar genotypically.
We envisage novel genotypes from our breeding programs and some of them may become prominent cultivars at some time in the future.