HLB Conference to Be Held in California

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The sixth International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (IRCHLB VI) will be held in California. The conference has been scheduled for March 12-16, 2019, at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside.

This is the first time the conference will be held in California. Sponsored by the California Citrus Research Board (CRB) with the support of California’s citrus industry partners, the gathering will welcome U.S. and international researchers, regulators and citrus industry members. The conference will offer attendees a tour option showcasing citrus production in the Golden State.

“We look forward to sharing our warm California hospitality,” said CRB President Gary Schulz, “as the key players in our industry meet at this critical gathering to discuss progress in the war against HLB, collaborate and continue to seek solutions.”

The IRCHLB VI will be preceded by the 21st International Organization of Citrus Virologists  Conference being held March 10-12, 2019, also in Riverside.

The biennial conference focuses on huanglongbing (HLB), the deadly disease that has threatened the citrus industry worldwide and has decimated production in major citrus-growing areas. To date, California’s commercial citrus crops are healthy and thriving and have not yet fallen victim to the devastating disease, but HLB has gained a toehold in residential trees in Southern California, with more than 300 HLB-positive trees reported to date.

Hotel accommodations already have been made available close to the Riverside Convention Center and include the Historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center and Hyatt Place. Room blocks with special conference and government rates (group code: IRCH) have opened. All meetings and meals will be held at the convention center.

The announcement was made in the CRB’s monthly newsletter. Details regarding abstract submission will be provided in the newsletter in spring of 2018.

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Len Wilcox

Len Wilcox is a freelance writer in Sanger, California. His commentary "The Western View" is a regular feature on Farm City Newsday and AgNet West. He was formerly a regular contributor to California Farmer Magazine. Aside from agriculture, Len has written extensively about the California deserts.