Lupin scientists to convene at Asilomar Conference Center in California
Scientists from throughout the world will be gathering May 11-16,
1996 for the 8th International Lupin Conference in the scenic Asilomar
Conference Center near Monterey.
"Lupin is grown in many countries throughout the world," said UC
Davis Agronomist Dan Putnam. "Although acreage is currently small, it has
the potential to become more extensively cultivated as an important protein
crop. In Australia, for instance, lupin cultivation grew from zero to 1.4
million hectares (about 3.5 million acres) in just the last 20 years."
The scientists convening at Asilomar in 1996 will report on a
number of topics that will be of interest to scientists and growers alike
-- new crop development, human and animal food uses, nitrogen fixation,
ecological importance, as well as the agronomic aspects of lupin. (Note
to American editors: the international scientific community spells this
crop "lupin," not "lupine.")
A full agenda is planned for the conference, with three days of
symposia scheduled in the mornings. Afternoons will be devoted to
concurrent contributed papers and poster sessions in one of the following
categories: agronomy, genetics, alkaloid chemistry, ecology, and
utilization of lupin.
A field trip is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, and will include
visits to field plots that demonstrate the diversity of lupin and other
crops grown in California. These plots are located in the Central Valley
of California, one of the richest agricultural areas in the world.
"California is an important gene center for native species of
lupin," said Barbara Bentley, professor of Ecology at the State University
of New York at Stony Brook. Bentley is also president of the International
Lupin Association. "Of the 190 species of lupin worldwide, 120 occur in
California. This conference is an exciting opportunity to foster
cross-disciplinary discussion on the prospects for lupin as a crop, as well
as its role in natural systems."
Asilomar is a rustic conference center located in the dunes near
the historic city of Monterey, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. The
buildings are clustered among trees and native vegetation of coastal
California, including at least three species of native lupin. Recreational
activities include swimming, volleyball and beach combing along the
spectacular California coast.
Travel to Asilomar is possible through the international airports
at either San Francisco or San Jose. Scheduled air shuttle service to the
Monterey airport is available from either airport. Ground transportation
from the Monterey airport to Asilomar can be easily arranged.
The registration fee is $250 if received by April 10, 1996.
Housing at Asilomar starts at $48 per day, depending on the level of luxury
and number of occupants per room. The housing fee includes all standard
meals at Asilomar.
This conference is being organized by the International Lupin
Association and is co-sponsored by the Department of Agronomy and Range
Science at the University of California, Davis and the North American Lupin
Association. The ILA was founded in 1980 and meets every three years in a
different country. This is the first time the conference has been held in
the United States.
For further information or registration materials, write to
Conference & Event Services (lupin), University of California, Davis, CA
95616-8766, USA or contact by phone at (916) 757-3331, FAX at (916)
757-7943 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide full name
and address with appropriate postal codes, phone numbers, country and city
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