- Author: Therese Kapaun
New citrus varieties developed by the UCR Citrus Breeding Program are propagated at Lindcove and planted in the research blocks. Dr. Mikeal Roose (Dept. of Botany, UCR) heads the project, and pictured here is the newest addition to his team, Dr. Soon Park. The major objective of the program is to release exciting new citrus varieties of commercial importance to the citrus industry. Recently the program has released three varieties of low-seeded mandarins, 'DaisySL', 'KinnowLS', and 'FairchildLS'. Several more low-seeded mandarin varieties are scheduled for release in the near future, including 'EncoreLS' and unnamed selections from low-seeded 'Nova' and 'Fremont'. On the horizon is the possibility of releasing some selections of lemon and grapefruit. Many of these newly released varieties will be available for tasting at the upcoming Citrus Showcase sponsored by California Citrus Mutual at the Visalia Convention Center on March 7th. Hope to see you there.