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2000 - Present

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2014

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  • Breakthrough in Drought Tolerant Crop Research

2013

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  • Center for Integrative Biological Collections established

2011

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  • Physics PhD Program 50th Anniversary
  • New Materials Science & Engineering Building opens to instruction. First major building devoted to Nanotechnology
  • Tango Mandarins appear in produce aisles

2010

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Chemistry 50th Anniversary
  • Chemistry PhD Program 50th Anniversary
  • Major remodeling of Geology Building completed
  • Western Water Research Archives moves to UCR and Cal State

2009

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Genomics Building

  • Construction completed on the Genomics Building

2008

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  • Water Science & Policy Center created

2007

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100th Anniversary Cover

  • 100th Anniversary Celebrated

2006

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  • Biological Sciences Building opened
  • Ground broken for Genomics Building
  • Tango seedless mandarin developed

2005

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Chemical Sciences Building

  • Grand Opening of the Chemical Sciences Building
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Alumnus Richard R. Schrock
  • DePaoli asparagus developed

2003

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  • Science Laboratories I building dedicated

2002

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 Insectary
  • New Entomology Building completed
  • New Insectary and Quarantine Facility opened
  • Bioinformatics Research Group formed

2001

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  • Institute for Integrative Genome Biology: Center for Plant Cell Biology, Biotechnology Impacts Center, Center for Disease-Vector Research established
  • Center for Exotic Pest Research created, now Center for Invasive Species Research
  • New Science Library (now Orbach Science Library) opened

2000

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  • US-China Agricultural Conference, establishes formal relationship between UCR and PRC Ministry of Agriculture
  • Gold Nugget mandarin released
   

1980 - 1999

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1998

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  • Center for Conservation Biology established

1994

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  • Entomology Research Museum completed

1993

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  • Position of "Cooperative Extension Specialist in Plant Conservation–Natural Resources" established, first in nation

1991

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  • Release of stingless wasp to control ash whitefly pest causing $2 billion in crop damage; release reduced fly population 103, one of the most successful biological control programs ever

1990

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  • Earliest known DNA recovered from 20-million-year-old leaf, with first-ever polymerase chain reaction
  • Statistical Consulting Center formed; renamed Statistical Consulting Collaboratory in 2003

1989

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  • New protein structure, parallel beta-helix, discovered

1988

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  • Graduate program in toxicology established

1987

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  • USDA George Brown Salinity Lab established

1985

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  • Nematode Quarantine Facility established

1982

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  • A model for predicting movement of compounds through soils — the Jury Transfer function— becomes standard
  • USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository for citrus and dates established

1981

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  • Discovery that the pathogen Phytophthora is an elicitor of plant defenses leads to biotechnology-based research in agriculture

1980

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Grapefruits
  • Oroblanco and Melogold grapefruits patented
   

1960 - 1979

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1977

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  • Citrus Clonal Protection Program established, based on the 1957 Citrus Variety Improvement Program

1975

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  • Tissue Culture Laboratory established
  • Shoot-tip micrografting, the most efficient and currently used worldwide citrus therapeutic technique, is developed

1974

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  • College renamed Natural and Agricultural Sciences
  • Statistics Building opened

1973

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  • Biochemistry Department moves into newly opened Boyce Hall
  • Role of mycorrhizal fungi in citrus root health identified

1972

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  • Exocortis, the first citrus viroid—one of smallest known plant pathogens—is discovered

1970

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  • National Society of Nematology meeting held at UCR

1968

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  • College enlarged to form College of Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Department of Biostatistics created; renamed Statistics in 1970

1967

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  • Second edition of The Citrus Industry published
  • First International Citrus Congress held on campus
  • Vitamin D isolated and described
  • Batchelor Hall completed, home to Botany and Plant Sciences

1965

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Nematodes
  • Department of Nematology created

1963

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  • Gibberellic acid, which slows aging of citrus, is used with 2,4-D, which slows abscission, savings California orange industry millions of dollars annually
  • Botanic Gardens established

1962

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  • Department of Biochemistry created

1961

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  • Citrus Experiment Station changed to Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Undergraduate and graduate programs in entomology established

1960

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  • Graduate programs in agriculture begin
  • UCLA agriculture college closes; many staff and research programs move to UCR
   

1940 - 1959

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1959

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  • Economic threshold and economic injury level concepts of integrated pest management developed
  • College of Agriculture created

1957

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  • International Society of Citrus Virologists holds inaugural meeting on campus
  • Herbarium established
  • Air Pollution Research Center established

1956

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  • Biometrical Laboratory created

1955

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  • Nematode taxonomic collection, with UC Davis, established, largest in world
  • Graduate instruction in Plant Biochemistry begins; becomes Department of Biochemistry in 1962

1954

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Old UCR Logo

  • University of California, Riverside established by the Board of Trustees
  • Statewide Department of Plant Nematology established at UCR and UC Davis
  • Webber Hall built

1951

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  • The Lemon, first of landmark biochemistry books, published; series includes The Orange (1961) and The Grapefruit (1972)

1950

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    • Study of citrus replant problem begins; soil fumigation is developed
  • First use of hydroponics to diagnose mineral deficiencies in citrus and avocado

1949

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  • Entomology Annex constructed

1947

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  • Division of Biological Control established

1946

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  • Disease-resistant Troyer citrange rootstock identified as solution to citrus tristeza virus, saving California citrus industry
  • First edition of landmark work The Citrus Industry published

1945

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  • The first efficient indexing/diagnostic technique for citrus viral diseases is developed

1944

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  • How smog damages plants discovered
   

1920 - 1939

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1939

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  • Graduate School of Tropical Agriculture discontinued

1937

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  • Psorosis Freedom Program, the first citrus nursery program, is established

1934

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  • Nucellar embryony, the first means of freeing citrus from viruses, is discovered. Specific viruses do not pass from infected parent trees into their progeny via seed.

1933

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  • First biochemist hired
  • Psorosis, the first viral disease of citrus, is identified

1932

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  • Division of Irrigation Investigations and Practices established
  • Entomology Building constructed

1931

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  • First Insectary Building constructed

1924

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  • Summer undergraduate instruction in subtropical horticulture instituted

1923

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  • State biological control research facility transferred to Experiment Station
  • Beginnings of what will become the Entomology Museum established
   

1907 - 1919

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1918

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CES Site

  • Citrus Experiment Station Box Springs site dedicated, March 27

1917

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  • Citrus Variety Collection replanted on 5 acres at current site with 500 types

1916

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  • By now, CES research program has six divisions:
    • agricultural chemistry
    • plant physiology
    • plant pathology
    • entomology
    • plant breeding
    • orchard management

1915

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  • Dept. of Entomology founded

1914

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  • Cooperative Extension Service founded following passage of the Smith-Lever Act by Congress Cultivations Unit established, later named Agricultural Operations

1913

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  • Graduate School of Tropical Agriculture organized

1912

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  • Nematology Lab set up after discovery of citrus nematode in Southern California

1910

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  • Citrus Variety Collection established

1907

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Mt. Rubidoux Site
  • Citrus Experiment Station founded in Riverside at the foot of Mount Rubidoux
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