Fresh citrus is one of the most popular fruits consumed worldwide. According to the University of Florida, fresh Florida grapefruit, oranges and specialty fruit (like mandarins and tangerines) generated an economic impact of approximately $1.0 billion during 2007-2008 crop year (1).
The goal of fresh fruit research is to develop post-harvest technologies for the citrus industry and growers to maintain fruit quality, increase shelf life, and reduce fruit losses during transit from groves to consumers. Fresh fruit research currently focuses on post-harvest handling and storage, post-harvest disease control, and citrus Huanglongbing (HLB).
(1) Rahmani, Mohammad and Alan W. Hodges. Economic Impacts of the Florida Citrus Industry in 2007/08. EDIS FE 802, Food and Resource Economics Department, UF/IFAS, Gainesville, FL. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/FE802