( California Citrus Research Foundation )

Built to protect California citrus from pests and disease, a new citrus research lab is set to open in Riverside.

The California Citrus Research Foundation and the University of California, Riverside will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Biosafety Level-3 Lab for citrus research on Sept. 26, according to a news release.

The lab, located in Riverside, Calif., is the product of a partnership between the state’s citrus growers and UC Riverside. The lab aims to protect California’s $3.3 billion citrus industry from the deadly citrus plant disease Huanglongbing, or HLB, according to the release.

Construction of the $8 million lab began in 2016 and was entirely funded by the California Citrus Research Foundation through donations by citrus growers and packers. 
Speakers at the event will include:

  • Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, UC Riverside;
  • Dave Smith, Chairman, California Citrus Research Foundation;
  • Casey Creamer, president/CEO, California Citrus Mutual;
  • Dan Dreyer, Chairman, Citrus Research Board; and 
  • Joel Nelsen, Executive Director, California Citrus Research Foundation.

Several elected representatives have been invited to the event as well, according to the release.

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