Research has made a crucial contribution to the resilience of the citrus industry in California's Central Valley, helping to do everything from developing new varieties to preparing for the inevitable arrival of the deadly tree disease huanglongbing. Collaboration between growers, the University of California and other entities have also buoyed the industry's success.
In the past week, Western Farm Press has published a series of articles centered around the 50th anniversary of the entity that is responsible for a big portion of this research -- the grower-funded Citrus Research Board.
If you've missed all or part of the series, here is what we've done.
- Citrus Research Board marks 50 years of scientific study, by Todd Fitchette
- California Citrus Mutual marks four decades as important industry watchdog group, by Todd Fitchette
- Citrus pumps $7.1 billion through California's economy, by Todd Fitchette
- Citrus board relies on UC scientists for critical research, by Tim Hearden
- Tulare County works to abate abandoned citrus groves, by Todd Fitchette
- Citrus industry collaboration leads to sweet success, by Todd Fitchette
- University plays a crucial role for California ag, by Tim Hearden
Also, look for these stories and more in the Oct. 6 print edition of Western Farm Press.