Expanding Citrus Research in Riverside

Partnership between UC Riverside and California Citrus Research Foundation will result in new research facility focused on disease devastating the citrus industry

Photo shows Mikeal Roose.

Mikeal Roose, a professor of genetics at UC Riverside.Photo credit: L. Duka.


WHAT: “Save R’ Citrus” is a citrus research partnership between the University of California, Riverside and the California Citrus Research Foundation that aims to protect California’s $3 billion citrus industry from Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease.

The California Citrus Research Foundation will build a biosafety-level 3 plant facility in Riverside that will utilize UC Riverside’s expertise in citrus pests, diseases and breeding. This new research partnership will enable industry and academia to work together to protect California’s citrus industry. The facility will allow researchers to conduct work with plant pathogens that previously couldn’t be done in Southern California.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday, June 6. The event is invite only.

WHERE: University of California, Riverside, 900 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521


  • 10 a.m. Arrive at Lot 24 at UC Riverside. Catch shuttle to the UCR Citrus Variety Collection.
  • 10:30 a.m. “Save R’ Citrus” Launch Ceremony
  • 11:15 a.m. Taste and tour the UCR Citrus Variety Collection
  • 12 p.m. Lunch at the UCR Alumni & Visitors Center
  • 1:30 p.m. Program concludes


  • From the 215 freeway, exit at University Avenue and head East
  • Follow University Avenue as it makes a 90-degree, left-hand turn and becomes Canyon Crest Drive
  • Park in Lot 24 on the right-hand side, just past the softball field
  • Board the shuttle bus in Lot 24 to take you to UCR’s Citrus Variety Collection
  • Arrive in Lot 24 by 10 a.m. to arrive at the Citrus Variety Collection on time for the ceremony

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756
E-mail: john.warren@ucr.edu

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