— Lindcove research and extension center today —
Research, Education and Citriculture Solutions
Lindcove is a living laboratory. Today, at Lindcove scientists conduct research programs that evaluate new varieties of citrus, better ways to grow citrus, and new ways to manage pests. Our work provides innovative scientific solutions to key issues such as disease prevention, managing pests, evaluating new varieties and discovering better ways to grow citrus. Extension programs communicate the results to citrus clientele as well as the general public. The station consists of 175 acres located at 500 feet above sea level, next to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains—ideal for citrus crops. Through research, discovery and outreach, we aim to cultivate an educated, informed and vibrant citrus community.
Lindcove greenhouses, orchard and packline are used by researchers for a variety of studies including developing new citrus rootstocks and scions, evaluating the effects of the local environment on rootstock and scion combinations, screening seedless varieties of mandarines, detecting freeze damage of fruit, and analyzing chemical treatments for pests and post harvest diseases.
Center resources are available to researchers affiliated with the University of California’s Agriculture and Natural Resources, USDA, and agency cooperators. Requests for land, labor and facilities are screened and allocated by a research advisory committee. Currently, 30 active research projects involve research faculty from the Riverside and Davis campuses, UC Cooperative Extension, Farm Advisors, and the USDA
Citrus Clonal Protection Program
The center maintains the Citrus Clonal Protection Program’s (CCPP) foundation budwood orchard for virus-free true-to-type citrus. More than 300 different selections of citrus are in this collection, and budwood is available to California nurserymen and growers at a minimal cost. The majority of these varieties are now maintained in a screenhouse to further protect them from insect vectored diseases.
The California citrus industry, through the California Citrus Quality Council, donated a complete citrus packing line to the Lindcove Research and Extension Center in 1995. This 5,000 square foot facility has available for research an FMC high-pressure scale washer, Brogdex waxing and drying equipment, and a Compac fruit-grading unit that can measure, number, size, weight, shape, color, texture, density, Brix, grade of fruit, and other parameters. This equipment allows analysis of fruit individual trees.