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Genetic Treasures From the Apple’s Ancestral Home

Phil Forsline is the recently retired curator of the USDA'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 promise 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 then you are already familiar with Forsline's work.

This talk will be given in Portland on the 25th of this month. Phil Forsline is the father of my friend Anna the Audiologist, whom I met at my last job at a digital hearing-aid company in California and who moved to Portland not long after we did, no doubt inspired by my courageous pioneering. If you need help arranging accommodations, let me know.


P.S. I can't wait to ask him if he met Borat when he was in Kazakhstan.

P.P.S. The talk will be given at a non-profit botannical garden once run by the volunteer coordinator at the medical clinic at which I currently work. Petite monde, n'est ce pas?
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