Re: preservation of plant biodiversity

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

Newsgroups: rec.gardens
From: hlm@phx.mcd.mot.com (Heather Magill)
Subject: Bug book - got it!
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1993 20:56:41 GMT

I finally got it -- Rodale's Color Handbook of Garden Insects
by Anna Carr.  Rodale said it was out of print, the place in
California mentioned by Paul Harvey (I think it was him) had it
on back order but I found it at Arbico in Tucson!  Amazing 
practically right next door!  and it was only $17 (including S & H).

While it is by no means comprehensive and its a bit short on
natural controls it has 200+ pages of wonderful *color* pictures of the 
larvae and adult of many pests with short blurbs describing
the pest, its life cycle, host plants, feeding habits as well as 
natural insect predators, the size of the pest and a graphical picture 
showing where it might be found in the US.

The reason I really like this book, it is the only I have found that
mentions the leaffooted bug!  That's the test I use whenever I am looking
a book for the identification of garden pests.

Thanks for everyone who responded to my bug book question.  Now I have
found one and am happy :-)

who has several varieties of lady beetles, at least three preying 
mantids, some species of caterpillars on my Sunflowers and a gopher. :-)
Oh and I can't forget the ants :-(

From: MIKE_SANDS.parti@parti.INforum.ORG
Newsgroups: alt.sustainable.agriculture
Date: 12 Jul 1993 14:47:21 -0400

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