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First Annual Crop Wild Relatives Week kicks off

That’s thanks to the Crop Science Society of America.

The Crop Science Society of America is proud to host Crop Wild Relatives Week on September 22 – 29, 2018, to celebrate the contribution that these humble and hearty plants have made to increasing food security around the world. The collections of plants; the work being done to collect, conserve, characterize, and use them; and the importance of continuing to do so will be highlighted in blogs, web stories, and infographics. Online resources for anyone interested in learning more crop wild relatives can be found ( In addition, new stories and resources will be added to the site on an ongoing basis, including educational materials for educators and parents of K-12 kids, our future scientists.

Let the fun begin!

The 2017 Frank Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources Lecture is online

It’s by USDA’s Peter Bretting, of course, who aptly quotes Kurt Vonnegut in his discussion of Stewards of Our Agricultural Future: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

Experienced PGR stewards must not only successfully manage PGR, the green line that stands between humanity and calamity, but also serve as leaders to mentor those who recently became or will soon become the PGR stewards of our agricultural future. It is a collective responsibility for all of us, regardless of our job title, career stage, or intrinsic talents, to provide such leadership and thereby begin to erase that “flaw in the human character.”

The need for seed

Next year’s ISTA Seed Symposium, on 26-28 June 2019, has a conservation-themed session that looks unmissable:

Session 2: Ensuring seed quality for future generations. Genetic resources, Habitat restoration, Post-harvest handling, Long-term storage, Moisture content and Equilibrium relative humidity, Desiccation tolerance and recalcitrance, Seed longevity, Maintaining the seed quality of non-crop species.

It’ll be in Hyderabad, and you can save a bit of money by booking early.