UCR CITRUS VARIETY COLLECTION
HLB PREVENTION INITIATIVE
The recent discovery of three Huanglongbing (HLB)-infected trees in Riverside approximately 2.25 miles from UCR and the
pervasive spread of Asian Citrus Psyllids (ACP), which moves the bacteria that causes HLB,
crystalized the need for further protection of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection.
UC Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) has secured funding for
the initial site study design and bid process, both of which are required by public universities.
Additional financial support from generous individual donors will allow us to complete:
A full site study for a three-acre parcel
A site development for an initial one-acre parcel and required storage
Installation of two Citrus Under Protection (CUP) Systems that would screen and protect up to an acre of newly planted trees of all
cultivars and species in the collection from registered budwood and grown in the ground.
Site development for two additional acres of property, upon which we plan to construct one or two new
Research/Instructional Screenhouses / Greenhouses covering up to two acres and potentially adding an
additional Equipment Storage / Outbuilding.
These structures will provide more robust protection for the Collection, making it a more
permanently safeguarded presence at UC Riverside.
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