In Florida, the Citrus Nursery Stock Certification Program is administered by Florida Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration (FBCBR), which is part of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry. The objective of the program is to provide pathogen-tested foundation material to Florida citrus nurseries and growers. Budwood is also exported to out-of-state customers with proper permits.
Foundation budwood program is used to establish nursery scion and increase blocks in commercial nurseries. Additional important program functions are the supervision of all citrus nursery propagations and the maintenance of detailed records to retain positive clonal identity of registered, pathogen-tested nursery trees offered to Florida citrus growers.
The Florida NCPN-Citrus program priorities executed are:
- Production of between 3 & 5 million progeny trees annually from nursery sources.
- Testing foundation trees and nursery source trees annually for vectored and endemic citrus graft-transmissible diseases.
- Therapy, evaluation, & re-testing all citrus foundation and source trees.
- Tracking all cuttings/propagations from trees.
- Maintaining the over 1,949 budwood foundation trees of 697 clonal selections.