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The Year Ahead: World Class Citrus Greenhouse will open in 2014

January 1, 2014

Construction of citrus repository at La Crosse nears completion

Phase one of construction of the Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Plant Industry’s (DPI) citrus repository at La Crosse will be completed in early 2014. The respository will allow DPI to combine and enhance the Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program (CGIP) and the Citrus Budwood Registration Program (CBRP).

The CGIP ensures new citrus varieties entering the state contain no harmful citrus pathogens. Once each new variety gets a clean bill of health, it is released to the CBRP for further testing and evaluation to obtain fruit and ensure the plants are horticulturally true to type. Upon completion of this phase, the successful new citrus variety is formally made available to interested citrus nurseries, growers and others.

Once completed and operational, the lab/greenhouse will be one of the best facilities of its kind in the world.

An aerial view of the Citrus Repository at La Crosse as it appeared in late October 2013.

An aerial view of the Citrus Repository at La Crosse as it appeared in late October 2013.

Work continues on the interior of the Citrus Repository, under construction at La Crosse.

Work continues on the interior of the Citrus Repository, under construction at La Crosse.

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