Robert Soost

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Robert K. Soost (November 13, 1920 – March 8, 2009) was a citrus expert and professor of genetics at University of California, Riverside, and sixth curator of the University of California Citrus Variety Collection.[1]

Soost worked to develop important citrus varieties, including two noted grapefruits (the Oroblanco and the Melogold[2] at that university's citrus experiment station in Riverside, California.) as well as two noted mandarins. Was a co-author of volume II of The Citrus Industry (book).[3]

On March 8, 2009, the professor died from a heart attack.[4]


  1. ^ Citrus Genetic Resources in California Analysis and Recommendations for Long-Term Conservation Archived 2014-12-05 at the Wayback Machine page 15
  2. ^ Soost R K , Cameron J W. “Oroblanco'. a triploid pummelo-grapefruit hybrid. Hort Sci. 1980.
  3. ^ The Citrus Industry Volume II Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Passings". Los Angeles Times. March 21, 2009. Retrieved March 21, 2009.