Temecula, Calif., (November 29, 2017) – The 2017 California Citrus Nursery Society (CCNS) annual meeting was held at the Embassy Suites in Temecula, CA on November 2, 2017. CRB Associate Research Scientist, Dr. Mojtaba Mohammadi and CRB Director of Communications, Carolina Evangelo attended the meeting which was led by CCNS Executive Director, Tom Delfino. The meeting featured talks from the following speakers:
- Bob Atkins,of the California Pest and Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP), provided an update on program outreach efforts.
- Dan Willey, of com, delivered a proposal on how to improve quarantine labeling.
- Chandrika Ramadugu,of UC Riverside, gave a presentation on HLB resistant rootstocks.
- Kelsey Schall, of the Hoddle Lab at UC Riverside, discussed how better Argentine ant control in citrus groves can result in improved ACP control by Tamarixia radiata, a parasitic wasp.
- Frank Byrne, of UC Riverside, gave an update on ACP management in retail nursery stocks through neonicotinoid use.
A Panel Discussion on the effects of the new HLB Quarantine Zone on UC Riverside was a highlight of the meeting. Panel participants included Dr. Tracy Kahn, Dr. Peggy Mauk, Dr. MaryLou Polek, Dr. Mike Roose and Dr. Georgios Vidalakis.
The meeting concluded with a banquet and speech by Dr. Mike Roose highlighting the genetic relationships between citrus species.
On Friday, November 3, a group of meeting attendees headed to UC Riverside where Dr. MaryLou Polek, led a tour of the USDA-ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus & Dates. Drs. Tracy Kahn and Mike Roose followed up with a tour of the Citrus Variety Collection (CVC) at UC Riverside. Dr. Chandrika Ramadugu led participants on a tour of ongoing field trials evaluating the horticultural traits of hybrid citrus trees developed for HLB resistance. After lunch, participants traveled to the Citrus Clonal Protection Program’s Rubidoux facility in Riverside. Dr. Georgios Vidalakis, the CCPP director, gave a presentation on the history of CCPP including its mission and ongoing research activities.