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Agriculture Press Release

June 14, 1999

Crawford Announces Opening of Citrus-Testing Facility

GAINESVILLE Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford announced today the opening of new facilities for the Citrus Germplasm Introduction Program, which aids Floridas citrus growers by quickly and safely introducing new citrus varieties to the state.

"Safe and swift access to worldwide germplasm resources are essential to the continued vitality, growth and competitiveness of the Florida citrus industry," Crawford said. "These new facilities will greatly increase our ability to introduce and rigorously test new citrus varieties that are so important for potential commercial use and research."

The state-of-the-art facilities, located at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (DPI) headquarters in Gainesville, consist of a support facility and three connected greenhouses. The new facilities will triple the capacity for new citrus variety introduction and testing. Previously, testing space has been available for only two new citrus varieties each year, and DPI was unable to test existing citrus varieties for graft-transmissible pathogens.

For information, contact Dr. Wayne Dixon of DPI at (352) 372-3505, extension 118.

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For more information:

Dr. Wayne Dixon
(352) 372-3505 x 118


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