Jim Cranney, president of the California Citrus Quality Council, and other leaders are working to find ways to keep Fuller rose beetle eggs from hitchhiking in California Navel orange shipments to Korea.
Jim Cranney talks with researchers, industry leaders, plus state, federal, and international government leaders to work out issues to maintain and expand exports of California citrus to foreign countries.
Adult Fuller rose beetle. Photo by Jack Clark Kelly, courtesy of UC Statewide IPM program..
A close-up of Fuller rose beetle eggs under the calyx on a Navel orange. Photo by Jack Clark Kelly, courtesy of UC Statewide IPM Program.
Beetle eggs lie under the calyx but do not damage the fruit.
The California citrus industry is in fast-track mode to enact solutions to keep Fuller rose beetle eggs out of Navel orange shipments exported next year to Korea.
Western Farm Press