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August 18, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Leaders of California's $1.6-billion citrus industry said Monday that a disease that was killing orchards worldwide was now rooted in Mexico, and experts warned that it was headed toward the state. Citrus greening disease has infected six citrus trees on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, spread by an infestation of the Asian citrus psyllid. There's a virtual insect highway across the width of Mexico, and once the aphid-like insect hops on, California is in trouble, said Beth Grafton-Cardwell, a UC Riverside entomologist and director of the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, east of Visalia.
May 20, 2005 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
For nearly a century, UC Riverside has been creating Frankenstein-like citrus in its groves and laboratories -- all in an effort to build the tastiest, hardiest fruits. Behold the dull, gold Chandler pummelos, the oversized ancestors of grapefruit, that are as big as a baby's head; Gold Nugget mandarins, with Crayola-orange rinds and sides squashed flat; and Kaffir limes, looking like so many electric-green golf balls. These are not your run-of-the-mill oranges from Ralphs.
March 14, 1985 | From Associated Press
A winter freeze that devastated the Rio Grande Valley's citrus industry also hurt the several thousand acres of aloe vera, the cactus-looking plant that local growers say has a "magic potion" for healing cuts, abrasions and sunburns. But the future is bright, says Reed Reeve, plantation manager for Forever Aloe Plantations outside of Harlingen. "Aloe seems to have a lot of healings products. Nobody yet has discovered the magic potion--why it is," Reeve said. "It works.
March 8, 1987 | LARRY ALTMAN, Times Staff Writer
A biochemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research center here may have solved a multimillion-dollar problem that has plagued the world's citrus industry for years. After 2 1/2 years of study, Shin Hasegawa thinks he has found a chemical that prevents newly squeezed fruit juice from becoming bitter. Some juice, especially that from California navel oranges, develops a bitter taste within hours after being squeezed from the fruit, according to Hasegawa and industry officials.
August 31, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
It's the stuff professional bug trappers dream of. As he peered at the first fly trap of the day, Ignacio Velazquez spotted his mottled foe, wriggling frantically under the magnifying lens. "I think I actually found one," said the 13-year veteran of the state's Department of Food and Agriculture, a hint of caution in his voice. "At this point, we'd call it a suspect." With 10,000 traps set statewide and about 200 trappers on the prowl, it was a needle-in-a-haystack discovery for Velazquez, an agriculture technician hunting for crop-destroying psyllids in the fruit-tree-lush neighborhood of Echo Park.
Small-scale citrus ranchers who have helped keep Ventura County's lemon and orange production tops in the state fear they will be unable to survive the demise of an industry quota system that had shielded them from competition. "We're cruising for a bruising," said Richard Pidduck, who farms 42 acres of citrus near Santa Paula. "You bet it's a threat."
October 7, 1988 | Associated Press
A Florida citrus company has become the first to be indicted for fraud in a 22-month nationwide investigation of illegal citrus practices involving hundreds of millions of dollars, federal officials said Thursday. "It was the first indictment, but the investigation is not limited to Florida," said Brad Knutter, supervisor of the the Tampa U.S. Customs fraud group which is coordinating the probe. The lengthy probe, dubbed "Operation Orange Squeeze," is an unprecedented investigation by the U.S.
February 15, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
UC Riverside's living citrus museum, which has 400 acres of trees, has attracted a cult following. There was the nurseryman from France who came to the United States only to admire its unusual and succulent fruit. A local restaurateur, looking for new flavors for his entrees, nibbled on a variety of citrus blossoms. Then there was the obsessed tangerine fan -- a gourmet grocer from Texas who wanted his picture taken next to the Seedless Kishu mandarin tree.
November 25, 2009 | By Mike Anton
When handed lemons, people are usually admonished to make lemonade. The city of Tustin made a park. Orange and lemon trees once carpeted Orange County the way subdivisions do today. In 1929, for instance, The Times reported Tustin's record annual crop down to the box: 340,928, to be exact. "With the orange season at its height and the lemon season drawing to a close, reports from the four packing houses in the Tustin district this week show that growers are receiving high returns," one story read.
June 21, 1989 | Mike Downey
It finally happened. I warned the boss it would happen, and it happened. We had a big argument about this, and he won. He won because he's the boss. But, let's see what the boss does now, and I don't mean Bruce Springsteen. Our argument began when a certain banking concern in California paid a pretty penny to buy an interest in a certain arena that is used for Laker basketball, King hockey, Lazer soccer, boxing, volleyball, tennis, various concerts and Ice Capade, Snoopy on Skates-type things.
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