- Author: Jeannette E. Warnert
The Citrus Research Board and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The endowed researcher will provide a UC Cooperative Extension scientist a dedicated source of funds to support scholarly activities focused on the long-term sustainability of the citrus industry.
“I wish to thank the Citrus Research Board for establishing the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at LREC endowment,” said UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston. “This gift, coupled with the $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President, will help to ensure the long-term success of exemplary research focused on the California citrus industry.”
UC President Janet Napolitano provided half the funds for the endowed researcher; the CRB donated the other half.
“We are gratified that President Napolitano has selected the CRB for this prestigious match program,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer. “It will be invaluable in helping us to pursue critical research that will yield beneficial findings to support the sustainability of the California citrus industry.”
The new endowment supports the UC Citrus Clonal Protection Program, which distributes pathogen-tested, true-to-type citrus budwood to nurseries, farmers and the public to propagate citrus trees for commercial and personal use. The CCPP maintains blocks of trees that serve as the primary source of budwood for all important fruit and rootstock varieties for California's citrus industry and researchers.
The CCPP is a cooperative program between UC ANR, CRB, the California Citrus Nursery Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. CCPP director Georgios Vidalakis, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in plant pathology at UC Riverside, shared his appreciation for the efforts that led to the creation of the new endowed researcher position.
“My thanks to the citrus growers for their decades-long support, especially the members of the CCPP committee of the CRB for their vision, and UC's Greg Gibbs for coordinating all of the efforts,” he said. Vidalakis also praised Lindcove director Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell “for making the case to our growers about the importance of this endowment and for making plans to house the UC ANR endowment at the LREC.”
A selection committee will award the endowment to a distinguished UC ANR academic. An annual payout will be used to provide salary, graduate student and/or program support. The researcher will be named for a five-year term. At the end of that period, the appointment will be reviewed and either renewed or taken back to a selection committee to choose another UC ANR academic.
“I would like to thank the CRB for this generous gift and their continued support of our research for CCPP at the LREC,” said Greg Gibbs,UC ANR director of major gifts.
The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act, as the mechanism enabling the state's citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at www.citrusresearch.org.
The Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection is the fifth $1 million UC ANR endowment to support California agriculture. The other endowments are:
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Tree Nut Genetics, formed with the California Pistachio Research Board in October 2015
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Tree Nut Soil Science and Plant Water Relations, formed with the California Pistachio Research Board in October 2015
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for California Grown Rice, formed with the California Rice Research Board in September 2016
- UC Cooperative Extension Presidential Chair for Agricultural Education in Orange County, formed with the Orange County Farm Bureau in October 2017
- Posted By: Jeannette E. Warnert
- Written by: Anita Hunt
Lindcove Research & Extension Center, located in the foothills of Tulare County, has land and facilities available for 2011/2012 research projects.
Projects are reviewed and approved by a Research Advisory Committee. While LREC is primarily a citrus research center, other crops are welcome. Resources include:
- 3.0 acres (Field 31)
- 2.5 acres (Field 64E)
- 0.9 acres (Field 91C)
- Three Valencia strains on 2 rootstocks (Field 11), 2 acres, planted 1993
- Six navel strains on 4 rootstocks (Field 91E), 2.5 acres, planted 2003
- Atwood navels on 21 rootstocks (Field 13), 3.25 acres, planted 1986
- Lane late navels on 30 rootstocks (Field 54NW), 2.25 acres, planted 1990
A new line is scheduled to be installed during summer 2011 that will greatly expand the parameters that can be measured. Three cold storage rooms holding 60 fruit bins each, two walk-in cold boxes and de-greening rooms.
Fruit Quality Evaluation LaboratoryCapable of evaluating citrus color, rind thickness, granulation, puff and crease, juice volume and sugar/acid ratio.
To submit a proposal
Using your UC ANR Portal, fill out the proposal form within the “Lindcove Research & Extension Center’s call for Research Proposals 2011/2012” survey.
These documents are due May 6, 2011, so that we can provide time for the Research Advisory Committee to review them prior to our annual meeting.
If you have any questions regarding Research Projects contact Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Director · 559-592-2408 Ext 152, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions regarding Land, Labor & Facilities contact Kurt Schmidt, Superintendent · 559-592-2408 Ext 153, email@example.com.
For information on submission via ANR Portal contact Anita Hunt, Business Officer – 559-592-2048 Ext 151, firstname.lastname@example.org.