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.