Adapting Citrus Cultivation to Desert Conditions

Agriculture/Environmental Sciences

Dr. Eran Raveh
Gilat Research Center, Agricultural Research Organization – Volcani Center

In commercial citrus orchards, trees are grafted together, joining two varieties. The lower part of the tree, the rootstock, provides the system of roots, while the upper part, the scion, produces the fruit. When agriculture moved into the desert, new rootstocks had to be found for such an area.