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Taste the Citrus on April 21

Grand Finale of 100th Anniversary Celebration of UCR’s Citrus Research Center/Agricultural Experiment Station Scheduled for April 21

In partnership with the City of Riverside, day-long family event to include citrus tasting and live entertainment

(April 17, 2007)

UCR's Citrus Tasting Booth promises to be popular at the open house on April 21. Photo by P. Phun. (See below for a photo showing citrus samples).Enlarge

UCR's Citrus Tasting Booth promises to be popular at the open house on April 21. Photo by P. Phun. (See below for a photo showing citrus samples).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — UC Riverside will show off a slice of its citrus history when the campus holds a Centennial Open House this month as part of the yearlong 100th anniversary celebration of the Citrus Research Center/Agricultural Experiment Station.

The public is invited to the open house, which will take place in conjunction with a celebration of the City of Riverside’s Citrus Heritage. Both will take place in Parking Lot 30 at UCR, at the corner of Martin Luther King and Canyon Crest Boulevards, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21. Admission and parking are free.

Attractions include citrus tasting, live entertainment, tours of the agricultural experiment station, special-interest booths, arts & culture booths, food vendors, petting zoo, a research and industry expo, and a kid's zone.

“A similar event was held a year ago to kick off the 100th anniversary but, because we are partnering with the city this time, this event will be even bigger and better,” said Carol Lerner, who works in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences dean’s office and helped plan the event. “We want the community to come out and have a good time while they learn more about our mission to improve and protect the food supply.”

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.

On Feb. 14, 1907, the Citrus Experiment Station was officially established at the foot of Mount Rubidoux. In 1918, the station moved to what is now the A. Gary Anderson School of Management. The station became the foundation for the UCR campus, which opened in 1954.

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

For more information on the open house, call 951-827-5089 or email To volunteer for UCR’s Citrus Tasting Booth, which will serve samples of up to 40 varieties of oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines to visitors at the event, call 951-827-4799 or email

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