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Author Topic: HLB Infected Tree Found Near UCR's Citrus Variety Collection In Riverside  (Read 226 times)


Susanne42

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This really is very sad. I just hope that they can find a cure before many varieties are lost.
Maybe they should move to norther states to protect the collection. Need only one of the little bug to create damage.

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They have buds frozen dried in a Colorado vault. Many for each variety, so that they'll still have some after losing a few to thawing, rehydrating, bud mutations. They keep testing them to make sure it works. As of the last time I visited UCR for citrus day this year, they were close to done with all the varieties in their collection. Coming up with the procedures is the hard part I think.

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that sounds a little bit hopeful I guess

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Aren't the trees kept indoors where the acp can't get to them?

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Yeah, they're in a screen house with very fine mesh screens. Workers can only go in there first thing when they arrive to work, and definitely not after they've gone to the field.

There's only budwood from screen house for a few years. They used to take budwood from the foundation blocks outside, but not after ACP.

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fyliu, your confusing the CCPP with the Variety Collection.   The CCPP is located inside the screen house.  Also, other people than the workers can go into the screen house, or at least used to.  I know this because my buddy and I went all through the Variety Collection and all through the CCPP screen house, and we were only tourists..
« Last Edit: July 28, 2017, 08:53:00 PM by Millet »

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Is there a specific type of mesh/screen that needs to be used to keep out the acp?  Additionally, if ants transport the acp, how could they be kept out froming coming underneath the screenhouse?

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Surprised they havnt modified the Citrus yet to tolerate pests and disease.
Biodiversity is key.

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I meant CCPP used to offer "foundation budwood" from non-screen house trees before ACP was a thing.

At UCR, they didn't allow visitors to go into the screen house earlier this year with the rule I said above. It sounded like the workers themselves weren't allowed to go in at that point, after showing us around the collection. Diseases in the soil or something. They didn't say no visitors allowed, just not after going through the fields in the morning.
« Last Edit: July 28, 2017, 05:18:14 PM by fyliu »

 

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