- Author: Amanda Crump
Californians are surrounded by plants that were developed by researchers. If you are from Santa Rosa, you are probably familiar with Luther Burbank. Burbank developed many varieties that we enjoy today including the plumcot, the shasta daisy and hundreds of other fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals.
In addition to Burbank, researchers and California homeowners have brought new plants to our backyards. Right now, one of those plants is being threatened by the Asian Citrus Psyllid and the disease, Huanglongbing. A tree that was the original parent to the navel oranges we enjoy is located at the heart of the psyllid outbreak - in Riverside. Everyone is trying to save it.