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UCR opens high-security insectary and quarantine building

UCR opens high-security insectary and quarantine building

(April 23, 2001)

What: The opening of a $15 million three-story Insectary and Quarantine Facility at the University of California, Riverside will expand the campus' role in the fight against California's agricultural pests, including the glassy-winged sharpshooter, the ash whitefly and the eucalyptus longhorned borer. This is the only three-stage quarantine facility in California, and one of only three insectaries west of the Rocky Mountains. The 28,000 square foot insectary has 52 rearing rooms and three environmental rooms, two quarantine receiving rooms, six laboratories, cold rooms and various other facilities. Temperature, humidity and ventilation are carefully controlled in each of the rooms, and security procedures are strictly enforced.

When: Media tour is at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 4. A campus celebration begins at 4 p.m. Reporters must reserve a spot on the 2:30 p.m. media tour through this office.

Where: The new facility occupies a prominent place at the crest of the hill along South Campus Drive, at the University of California, Riverside, located next to Highway 60 in Riverside. (Exit at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)

Who: Timothy D. Paine, chair of the Department of Entomology, will answer questions during the media tour. Speakers at the 4 p.m. celebration include W.R. "Reg" Gomes, vice-president of the UCR Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach; and Steven Angle, interim dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.

Why: This will be the final opportunity to see the inside of this maze-like insectary. Only authorized researchers will be allowed inside once it is in use. The new building will enhance research in entomology, including the study of exotic pests, the evaluation of potential natural enemies; and culturing of new organisms, including transgenic plants and insects.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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