- Author: Elizabeth E Grafton-Cardwell
Staff Research Assistant John Bash from the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) at UC Riverside directs the fall budwood cut at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The citrus trees that provide the budwood are grown inside Lindcove’s protective screened buildings and distributed from there to the nursery industry. The screening prevents insect vectors such as aphids and psyllids from reaching the trees and potentially infecting them with diseases. The CCPP screenhouse trees are tested several times per year to ensure they are free of all known citrus diseases. Raul Gonzalez, a retired Lindcove SRA, still enjoys assisting with the budwood cuts after 38 years of service to the University of California.