Growers, Researchers Seek Citrus Varieties Resistant to Citrus Greening (Spectrum News 13)

Growers, Researchers Seek Citrus Varieties Resistant to Citrus Greening

UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Services hosted citrus growers, packers, processors, gift-fruit shippers, and others the chance to taste, feel, and smell the latest varieties they’ve bred at their Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

Guests sampled more than 50 varieties of citrus fruits. They then filled out a survey gauging their reaction to the color of the fruit, its sweetness and acidity, whether it was easy to peel and whether it had seeds.

“Display attendees represent a wide cross-section of our industry, so we get valuable feedback on all parameters from the grove to the table, allowing us to make more intelligent decisions on which types of citrus get the green light,” said Jude Grosser, professor of citrus breeding and genetics at the UF/IFAS CREC.

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