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Research Project: Maintaining Market Access for California Citrus to Australia and South Korea

Location: Commodity Protection and Quality Research

Project Number: 2034-43000-040-57-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 2, 2018
End Date: Jul 30, 2019

Objective:
The objective of this cooperative research project is to determine whether fumigation with phosphine does not harm fruit quality and is a successful quarantine treatment for citrus.

Approach:
Perform a variety of phosphine fumigation treatments designed to provide quarantine security for the Korean and Australian markets. Following simulated storage and marketing, general fruit characteristics as well as eating quality will be evaluated to determine if any of the treatments cause phytotoxicity and damage marketability. The response of a wide range of citrus types will be evaluated.