In this webinar, Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., will discuss the preventive and multi-layered citrus disease management approaches with focus on the Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP). Since its establishment in the 1950s the CCPP has strived to streamline the variety introduction process and to reduce the timeline for the production of pathogen-tested and disease-free citrus propagative materials for use by researchers, citrus enthusiasts and the commercial citrus industry in California. The CCPP pipeline includes therapy and pathogen detection tests that have been updated with modern technologies such as specialized tissue culture media and high throughput sequencing platforms. Prevention or management of citrus diseases such as exocortis, tristeza or HLB are based on a system approach that includes on its core the use of disease-free propagative materials for the planting of citrus orchards. When such approaches are successful, diseases can be excluded from citrus growing areas and the investment of valuable resources such as pesticide usage for disease vector control are reduced.
Ben Faber, Ph. D., Farm Advisor, Cooperative Extension - Ventura County - will be opening the webinar with a regional farm advisers update.
This webinar is approved for 1-hour of “Other” continuing education units from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) and 1-hour of IPM from Certified Crop Advisers (CCA).
Just as a reminder, here are the requirements for receiving the CEUs:
-register separately with your own name and email address and log in from your own device
-participate in the entire session
-complete and pass a final test with 70% or higher; if not passed, the test can be retaken
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