Timeline

  • 2000 - Present

    2019

    Multidisciplinary Research Building on campus (c) UCR / Stan Lim 2019

    UC Riverside opens largest research facility on campus with MRB, the Multidisciplinary Research Building

    2014

    • Breakthrough in Drought Tolerant Crop Research

    2013

    • Center for Integrative Biological Collections established

    2011

    • 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

     

    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

    architectural rendition of genomics building
    • Construction completed on the Genomics Building

    2008

    • Water Science & Policy Center created

    2007

    Centennial celebration 1907-2007 poster
    • 100th Anniversary Celebrated

    2006

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

    2005

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

    2003

    • Science Laboratories I building dedicated

    2002

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

    2001

    • 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

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

     

  • 1980-1999

    1998

    • Center for Conservation Biology established

    1994

    • Entomology Research Museum completed

    1993

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

    1991

    • 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

    • 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

    • New protein structure, parallel beta-helix, discovered

    1988

    • Graduate program in toxicology established

    1987

    • USDA George Brown Salinity Lab established

    1985

    • Nematode Quarantine Facility established

    1982

    • 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

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

    1980

    grapefruit tree and grapefruits closeup
    • Oroblanco and Melogold grapefruits patented

     

     

  • 1960-1979

    1977

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

    1975

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

    1974

    • College renamed Natural and Agricultural Sciences
    • Statistics Building opened

    1973

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

    1972

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

    1970

    • National Society of Nematology meeting held at UCR

    1968

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

    1967

    • 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

    nematodes
    • Department of Nematology created

    1963

    • 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

    • Department of Biochemistry created

    1961

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

    1960

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

     

  • 1940-1959

    1959

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

    1957

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

    1956

    • Biometrical Laboratory created

    1955

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

    1954

    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

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

    1950

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

    1949

    • Entomology Annex constructed

    1947

    • Division of Biological Control established

    1946

    • 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

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

    1944

    • How smog damages plants discovered

     

  • 1920-1939

    1939

    • Graduate School of Tropical Agriculture discontinued

    1937

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

    1934

    • 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

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

    1932

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

    1931

    • First Insectary Building constructed

    1924

    • Summer undergraduate instruction in subtropical horticulture instituted

    1923

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

     

  • 1907-1919

    1918

    Citrus Experiment Station Box Springs site dedicated, March 27
    • Citrus Experiment Station Box Springs site dedicated, March 27

    1917

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

    1916

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

    1915

    • Dept. of Entomology founded

    1914

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

    1913

    • Graduate School of Tropical Agriculture organized

    1912

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

    1910

    • Citrus Variety Collection established

    1907

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

     

      Please send additions and/or corrections to Ilse Ungeheuer.

     

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