Gift to protect huge collection of UC citrus fruits from diseases

RIVERSIDE, California (AP) – The Swiss perfume and flavor company Givaudan has donated 3.5 million dollars to build a shielded structure that will protect several acres of trees at the University of California, the huge collection of Riverside citrus fruit from a disease transmitted by bugs.

The university announced Thursday that the facility will protect the new trees and reserve collections of the Uicrus Citrus Collection variety from the devastating citrus fruit disease, also known as Huanglongbing or HLB.

The citrus collection of the university was started more than 100 years ago and includes around 1,000 types of citrus fruits on 9.3 hectares (9 hectares) on the university campus and two smaller sites.

The disease carried by an insect called psyllid of Asian citrus fruits was found only 2/4 miles (3.6 kilometers) from the harvest.

Eventually the disease kills the infected trees.

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