Florida Citrus Repository Facility Opens
Published June 16th, 2014
LaCrosse, Florida -- A new facility opened in LaCrosse and officials hope to introduce new citrus varieties to the state.
The Florida Citrus Repository will house the Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program.
This program provides a way to safely introduce healthy, new citrus, which are proposed for availability to the industry by individuals, companies and researchers.
It involves extensive testing, indexing and thermal therapy.
It can take up to 18 months to three years before a variety can be released for production.
Officials with the Department of Agriculture say Florida has many characteristics that contribute to many citrus diseases -- from climate to geographic location, to the increase in tourism and trade.
All make for a perfect environment for things like the deadly citrus greening and citrus canker diseases.
Spokesperson with the Department of Agriculture Denise Feiber says the industry loses crops due to diseases. They constantly need to replant and so when they can provide varieties that are disease resistant, that is going to help them out considerably.
Feiber says they are very excited about this new facility because it increases the size of their capacity to propagate new citrus material.
New citrus varieties include those that are disease resistant, seedless and easy peel.
The facility will be fully operational in a number of days.
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