Reducing Disease Risk by Discovery, Introduction and Commercialization of New Citrus Varieties
Principal Investigator Affiliation:
- Georgios Vidalakis
Citrus varieties that are unavailable from the CCPP exist in California and elsewhere that hobbyists would like to grow in California. With the presence of the Asian citrus psyllid and HLB in California, such varieties represent a severe threat to citrus in California because hobbyists may propagate them using diseased budwood. The proposed project would solve this problem by discovering, introducing via the CCPP, and making available for sale in California trees of such varieties. Introducing these unavailable varieties via the CCPP would reduce the risk of hobbyists spreading citrus disease.