High Level talk on apple genetics and research
Hello, Phil Forsline asked me to contact you about a talk he is presenting at Leach Botanical Garden soon that would be of interest to your organization and members.
Janice Jenkins Education Coordinator, Leach Botanical Garden.
Genetic Treasures From the Apple’s Ancestral Home
October 25, 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Leach Botanical Garden Manor House
Registration required. $8 nonmember/$6 LGF memberwww.leachgarden.org
Phil Forsline is the recently retired curator of the United States Department of Agriculture's Plant Genetics Resources Unit, which is located on the Geneva, NY campus of Cornell University. Phil will discuss his expeditions to Kazakhstan (the apple's center of genetic diversity), Russia and China, to collect wild apple material for conservation, evaluation, and distribution to geneticists and breeders throughout the world. Results of Forsline's work promises many benefits, most importantly disease and insect resistance which could revolutionize the apple industry. If you have read “The Botany of Desire” by Michael Pollan or viewed the documentary about the book on PBS (http://watch.opb.org/video/1283872815/
), then you are already familiar with Forsline’s work.
FOr those of you who don't know, I believe that the Leach garden is in the far Eastern suburbs of SE Portland.