May 6, 2015

Who Said That?

Florida's quote of the day

| 2/7/2014

" If they don’t find a way to cure their plants, they’re sunk."

-- MaryLou Polek, vice president of science and technology for the Citrus Research Board, based in Visalia, Calif

In a secure Biosafety 3 containment facility at the University of California, Davis, researchers are required to de-robe, pull on scrubs and pass through negative pressure doors – something like an airlock – before they can begin their work. Leaving requires a shower and more airlocks.

“Everything is completely contained,” said MaryLou Polek, whose organization helps fund some of the research done at the facility. “They can’t even take a notebook out. They have to email their results out.”

Biological weapons? Well, in a way.

The building is called the UC Davis Research Containment Facility. And in this state-of-the-art operation, researchers work with exotic pests and pathogens that threaten U.S. agriculture and natural resources – things such as the glassy-winged sharpshooter and the brown marmorated stink bug.

They’re also studying what may be the biggest threat these days to the U.S. citrus industry: the Asian citrus psyllid.

Read more at the Miami Herald.

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Welcome to Mobile Home University
Welcome to Mobile Home University

Trailer parks are an unusual but potentially lucrative investment -- billionaire Warren Buffett is heavily invested. His and others’ success is prompting ordinary people to attend Mobile Home University, a ‘boot camp’ in trailer park ownership.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

This summer, are you planning a vacation in-state, or out?

  • Florida for me - going to beach (or parks)
  • Florida's theme parks are on my agenda
  • Staying in-state, at home!
  • What summer vacation?

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe