This is a national scandal, in my opinion, and it has been almost
entirely overlooked. The documentation of the problem is laid out in my
book, "The Last Harvest," which I've mentioned on this list before.
On Mon, 2 Oct 1995, Carol A. Miles wrote:
> In response to Suzanne Milshaw's message re: preservation of plant
> biodiversity through seed collection.
> Several years ago (4 years ago?) I attended a seminar in the Dept. of Fruit
> and Vegetable Science at Cornell University. The seminar dealt with
> evaluating genetic drift within the seed storage bank at the Germplasm
> Repository at Geneva, New York. If I remember this correctly, there was
> some concern that using greenhouses to grow out seed added selection
> pressure to genotypes that would not have occurred in the environment where
> the plants were naturally occurring. I believe it was a Masters thesis
> seminar. The contact person was Steve kresovich, tel. 315-787-2244/2333.
> Hope this is not too vague and is helpful.
> >I am a graduate student at Tufts University doing research on the
> >preservation of plant biodiversity through seed collection. If anyone
> >has any information on this subject (or just comments), I would love to
> >hear from you.
> Carol A. Miles, Ph.D.
> Washington State University
> Extension Agricultural Systems
> 360 NW North Street
> Chehalis, WA 98532
> PHONE 360-740-1295 FAX 360-740-1475