With University of California funding, we replaced the refrigeration units in the walk-in cold storage rooms in the packline facility at Lindcove. This will help us regulate the temperature better in these rooms and allow new and interesting experiments to be conducted at LREC.
Volatile organic compounds react with NOx to produce ozone which is an air pollutant affecting human health and plant growth. Silvano Fares, John Karlik and Allen Goldstein (shown left to right below), provided an imformative 'Featured research seminar' at Lindcove in May 11 to explain the results of their research, which suggests that citrus helps to reduce ozone.
The benches in the entomology greenhouse at LREC are being renovated in order to better support potted citrus. Seedlings are grown in this house and used for experiments to test the effects of insecticides on citrus leafminer. These plants are also used to determine if pheromone disruption can prevent mating, egg laying and plant damage by the leafminer larvae.
The Citrus Research Board is funding the purchase of a new packline grading system for the Lindcove research program. Compaq Sorting Equipment will be building the line this summer and we hope to have it installed for the fall research season. The new line will expand our research capabilities from fruit size, number and color to fruit weight, fruit shape, texture, blemish, brix, dry matter, internal defects, and other parameters because of the addition of advanced software, precision weighing, near infrared light, uv light, and additional cameras.
Dr. Tracy Kahn (left) from the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UC Riverside leads tours several times per year through the Citrus Variety Evaluation Orchard at Lindcove Research and Extension Center (Exeter, CA). Containing nearly 200 different varieties, Dr. Kahn maintains this orchard for the benefit of growers and nurserymen to see and taste exciting new citrus varieties. Dr. Kahn is also the Principal Museum Scientist for the UC Citrus Variety Collection in Riverside, which was established in 1910 and contains more than 1000 varieties. The Lindcove orchard is used to provide specimens for fruit quality and true-to-type evaluations under San Joaquin Valley conditions. Tours of the orchard are available upon request by contacting the Center.