American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Germplasm: Collection, Breeding and Genetic Resources using Prunus
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Diplomat Ballroom
S. Bentz, K. Conrad, M. Pooler, and R. Olsen, United States National Arboretum, Washington, District of Columbia; P. Spaine, USDA, APHIS, Riverdale, Maryland
Pre-Registration Required: 

As the climate changes, insects invade, deer populations skyrocket, and natural habitats shrink, the conservation of plant genetic diversity (germplasm) becomes critical in order to preserve ecosystems, prevent species extinction, and afford plant breeders the resources to create better plants and create beautiful landscapes. We will present a case study of the genus Prunus, following germplasm from collection and conservation to breeding and into the market place and landscape. We will explore fifty years of Arboretum breeding work. We will explore ongoing conservation efforts in Prunus in the context of procedural and legal challenges. Finally, we will present some of the genetic resources available to institutions. Participants will use their understanding of plant genetic resources and the contacts they make in this session to facilitate or develop efforts in germplasm collecting, use, conservation, and distribution in their own gardens.


This session is approved for 1.5 ISA credit hours.