OPGC present at VII International Symposium on New Floricultural Crops

Dec. 14, 2011

The OPGC participated in the seventh International Symposium on New Floricultural Crops held 22-25 November 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The symposium, sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, featured international speakers discussing a variety of important issues such as Ornamental Genetic Resources: The Potential to Become a New Crop; Germplasm Characterization and Ornamental Value; Domestication, Propagation and Production of New Species; Ornamental Breeding and Biotechnology; and Market Trends and Breeders' Rights.  The symposium provided an opportunity to meet researchers working on various aspects of floriculture, including germplasm studies, from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Japan, China and others.  The USA was well-represented by scientists from the USDA-ARS and from various universities and private companies.  The attendees also participated in an evaluation of new cultivars and species being developed for use by the argentine agricultural research system (INTA).  There were some excellent examples of Callibrachoa, Glandularia, Nierembergia, Mecardonia, Portulaca, and various other flowering plants and ferns.