Save the date! 2020 Citrus Showcase
Join the citrus industry and AGQ Labs for the 27th Annual Citrus Showcase on next March 5th at the Visalia Convention Center
Our Agronomy team will be attending all visitors at Booth 108. Come and join us!
The Citrus Showcase is organized by California Citrus Mutual (CCM).
CCM was founded in 1977 by those who felt the need to unite their fellow growers into a cohesive, powerful force. In its earliest days, CCM’s mission was to deliver price information and market data to growers. Over the years, its mission has expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of the industry. CCM is the only advocacy organization representing CA citrus growers on the economic, regulatory, and political issues that impact them most. They are a voluntary, non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing the sustainability of the CA citrus industry by advocating for sound, reasonable policy that allows for fair competition in the marketplace. Their 2,500 members represent 75% of California 270,000-acre, $3.3 billion citrus industry.
It is their mission to represent the CA citrus grower and share with members of the public, the legislature, regulatory agencies, and others how the citrus industry supports the economic and environmental health of CA and its people.As the industry’s primary advocate, CCM promotes and creates beneficial policies that protect growers from escalating costs and regulations. Much of our work is subjective in nature, but there is a tangible return on investment for membership in CCM.
CCM engages in matters ranging from trade, to air quality regulations, pest and disease issues, pesticide regulation, labor, water, and federal and state legislation on behalf of the CA citrus industry.
CCM members are citrus growers of all size and scale. From 5 acres to 5,000 acres and more, they equally represent the interests of all CA citrus growers.
You can find more information about CCM in their website.
At AGQ Labs we can help the Citrus industry with our Food Safety and Agronomy Services:
- Pesticide Residue Analysis
- Heavy Metals Analysis
- Other Contaminants
- Soil Analysis
- Water Analysis
- Tissue Samples Analysis
- Crop Nutritional Monitoring
- Cell Wall Calcium Analysis
Cell Wall Calcium
AGQ Labs has developed a state-of-the-art analysis of the Cell Wall Calcium fraction in fruit, a good tool for diagnosing alterations in pre- and post-harvest quality.
It is well known that post-harvest is a key period with a direct influence on the quality and appearance with which fruits and vegetables reach their point of sale. Even if we have done a superb job in the field, if the product does not successfully endure the period between harvest and sale, we will have failed.
Several factors have a bearing in this process. One factor with a major role is tissue calcium content. Calcium’s structural function is directly related to plant tissue stability and thus to the product’s post-harvest behavior (rotting, brown spots, loss of consistency, etc.), as well as its probability of being affected by pre-harvest damage (creasing in citrus fruit, cracking in stone fruits, bitter pit in apples, etc.).
In addition to having a structural function (for cell wall bound calcium in the form of calcium pectates), calcium is involved in other functions in plant cells. It is thus also found in other plant parts, as soluble calcium in the apoplast and symplast (in the form of nitrates, chlorides and amino acids), insoluble calcium in form of precipitates in the vacuoles (mainly in the form of phosphates, carbonates and oxalates) and residual calcium in highly insoluble forms (mainly).
Cell Wall Calcium is a diagnostic tool for evaluating quality parameters related to the appearance and market life of the product. And in certain matrices, total calcium, with quantification limits adapted to the fruit, is also a very reliable marker for assessing several concrete alterations.
Contact our Agronomy team for more information.