The University of California, Riverside announced a $3.5 million donation from Givaudan to support their Citrus Variety Collection. The gift will help protect one of world’s most extensive citrus diversity collections from the impending threat of citrus greening disease.
The gift will pay for a 2.8-acre protective screened structure for new trees and back-up collections of the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, established more than 100 years ago. The collection includes two trees of about 1,000 types of citrus, and occupies 22.3 acres on the UCR campus, as well as two smaller, remote sites.
The collection will be known as the Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection at the University of California, Riverside, for a 10-year period. Givaudan is the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company.
“As global leaders in citrus, protecting citrus biodiversity and creating a sustainable future is a primary focus for Givaudan,” said Louis D’Amico, president of Givaudan’s Flavour Division. “Our long and ongoing partnership with UCR is one of the ways that Givaudan champions biodiversity and sustainability. We are pleased to make this gift and to continue the strong collaboration we have with this outstanding university.”