Citrus research in southern Africa, largely funded by a levy on export cartons, is divided into three portfolios.
Within each focused portfolio are several programmes on particular problem areas identified by the citrus industry. A Programme Coordinator oversees the research conducted within each programme and this may be conducted at various institutions. Programme Coordinators can also belong to different institutions. Within Citrus Research International (Pty) Ltd, Dr Tim Grout manages the Research Division and serves as deputy to the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Vaughan Hattingh who is based at the University of Stellenbosch.
Market requirements have changed in the last 10 years and research to ensure that fruit of the correct quality and shelf-life is delivered to the market is essential. Research focus is primarily on pre- and post-harvest management of fruit quality and condition, ensuring that our cultivars are in demand and improving the efficiency of the cold chain.
Research and services conducted by the Disease Management portfolio focus on all economically important Pre- and Post-harvest diseases of citrus. By serving CRI's mission to maximise the long-term global competitiveness of the southern African citrus growers, our vision is "To be a centre of excellence in providing a balanced and co-operative citrus pathology research and services portfolio that serves grower needs and priorities and ensures sustainable market access and optimised production, quality and exports".
Strategies to manage both indigenous and introduced pests using a bio-intensive approach, require continual modification as available plant protection products change, pest status or distribution changes and horticultural practices change.
- False codling moth
- Fruit fly
- Mealybug & Other phytosanitary pests
- Non phytosanitary key pests
- Minor pests and mites