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City Honors Citrus Experiment Station

Riverside Mayor Honors Citrus Experiment Station Centennial

Proclamation to be given to UCR officials at Tuesday's city council meeting

(February 13, 2007)

Riverside, Calif. — ( -- Steve Angle, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), and Don Cooksey, executive associate dean of the college, will receive a proclamation in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Citrus Experiment Station at the Riverside City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at Riverside City Hall.

Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge will present the proclamation. The presentation comes one day before UCR’s Valentine’s Day Centennial Gala which will be held at the Riverside Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a wine-tasting and reception followed at 6:30 p.m. by a dinner and program with Huell Howser, host of the PBS series “California Gold,” serving as master of ceremonies.

In the early 1900s, citrus growers and civic leaders in Riverside County concerned over the disease and pest problems that threatened crops began lobbying state legislators to establish research centers to develop scientific solutions. In 1905, the state Legislature passed a bill authorizing the University of California to establish a laboratory and citrus experiment station in Southern California. The experiment station opened its doors on Feb. 14, 1907.

Over the past 100 years, scientists at the Agricultural Experiment Station have established an international reputation in agricultural research and development, especially in semiarid and arid horticulture, and in natural resources.

With its roots in citrus research, the experiment station develops new varieties of the fruit and advances new production techniques. On several occasions, it solved pest and disease problems that could have wiped out California’s citrus industry.

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