California Citrus Nursery Board

5.11—Industry Organizations

International Organization of Citrus Virologists

International Organization of Citrus Virologists (IOCV)

As information on the ravages of tristeza in South America and California reached other citrus growing–countries, it was recognized generally by citricultural scientists and growers that this disease posed a serious threat to citrus throughout the world. That brought many foreign government officials, scientists, and growers to the Riverside Citrus Experiment Station to learn about this problem and measures to be taken against it. Contacts with these individuals and with others during my travel in Mediterranean countries in 1954 and 1955 as well as the many inquiries that came by mail made it evident to me that some type of international organization was needed to disseminate information and encourage research on tristeza and other virus diseases of citrus.

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