( Courtesy California Research Board )

After more than 60 years, the International Organization of Citrus Virologists conference is returning to Riverside, Calif., in connection with the International Research Conference on Huanglongbing.

The joint conference, a first for the organizations, is co-organized by California’s Citrus Research Board. More than 500 people are expected to attend the March 10-15 event at the Riverside Convention Center. Researchers, regulators and citrus growers from more than 22 countries will be attending, according to a news release from the Citrus Research Board.

The International Organization of Citrus Virologists are meeting March 10-12, with an event that features presentations on numerous citrus diseases. The Sixth International Research Conference of Huanglongbing (HLB) will be March 12-15 and feature research and interactive sessions on the global status of HLB, as well as efforts to find long-term sustainable management practices for the disease.

“We’re looking forward to learning about breakthroughs from our fellow scientists and collaborating with them to find sustainable solutions to the disease threats facing the citrus industry,” University of California-Riverside Professor Georgios Vidalakis, chair of the joint conference, said in the release. “On behalf of the conference, we are grateful for the support of Citrus Research Board – one of the leading citrus research organizations – and the staff that took the lead on organizing and hosting the conference.”

For more information on the joint conference, visit its website.