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 April 03 2009
Mr. Vung Setha of RUA gives an orientation-briefing of the new RUA citrus net-house to FFTC Director Jen-Chyuan Lee, Dr. Hong-Ji Su and Dr. Fu-Hsiung Lin (from right to left).

Mr. Vung Setha of RUA gives an orientation-briefing of the new RUA citrus net-house to FFTC Director Jen-Chyuan Lee, Dr. Hong-Ji Su and Dr. Fu-Hsiung Lin (from right to left).

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA - On the final-year implementation of a three-year project which aims to rehabilitate the citrus industry in Southeast Asian countries, FFTC Director Dr. Jen-Chyuan Lee, joined by Dr. Hong-Ji Su, Professor Emeritus of the National Taiwan University (NTU) and FFTC Technical Consultant, and Dr. Fu-Hsiung Lin of the Rural Development Foundation (RDF) of Taiwan ROC, visited Cambodia on March 24-27 to assess and observe the project’s achievements. The RDF-funded project was launched in 2006 primarily to improve the citrus industry in the region by introducing advanced Taiwanese technology on citrus greening control and management initially to Cambodia and then to other countries in Southeast Asia.

The group first visited the Phytopathology Laboratory of Cambodia's Royal University of Agriculture (RUA) established through a series of technical and financial support and instrument donation under the project. The facility is expected to intensify RUA's research capacity to fight the devastating citrus greening (Huanglongbing or HLB) and other citrus virus diseases and train young scientists in the areas of disease indexing, production of virus-free nursery foundation, and healthy management to prevent re-infection. RUA has also completed construction of a net-house for virus-free repository and disease-free nursery production. Under the coordination and expertise of Dr. Hong-Ji Su, trainings on shoot-tip micro-grafting technology for virus-free germplasm foundation and propagation/cultivation of disease-free seedlings were also conducted during the three-year project implementation.

The team also visited a field demonstration of pathogen-free (PF) citrus seedlings being managed by RUA in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Cambodia. The field demonstration is envisioned to promote the use of PF-seedlings among farmers and growers by showcasing the superiority of such planting materials in terms of fruit quality and yield.