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Seedless 'Tango' Mandarins

Before this spring, the only way to get a seedless mandarin fruit, was to get one where the flower had not been cross pollinated by another seed-bearing citrus, such as lemon, grapefruit, or another mandarin. Bees are some of the best pollinators of citrus and are often responsible for creating seediness in mandarins. Recently, a new variety of mandarin (Citrus xnobilis 'Tango') was introduced to the trade from the University of California Citrus Clonal Protection Program in Riverside, California. 'Tango' was developed by inducing a mutation into the 'Murcott' mandarin, creating a "sport," which has proven reliably seedless regardless of where it is grown. Through March of 2010, 1.6 million trees had been sold to California growers. The fruit should begin appearing soon in markets, perhaps under the already familiar brand names of "Cuties" or "Delites" or perhaps with the 'Tango' name. Trees will likely be available to home gardeners in the future.
University of California Riverside News, January 2010
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