Genetics and Germplasm Working Group (GG)
GG is part of the American Society for Horticultural
Minutes (2002 meeting)
- Genetics and Germplasm Working Group Business Meeting
- American Society for Horticultural Science 2002 Annual Conference
- Fairmont Royal York Hotel
- Toronto, Canada
- Held in conjunction with the XXVIth International Horticultural
- August 13, 2002
Attendees: Susan Brown; Peter Cousins; Mark Farnham; Becky Grube;
Michael Havey; George L. Hosfield; Maria Jenderek; Hinga Marsh; Jim
McCreight; Jim Myers; Kathy Reitsma; Larry D. Robertson; Edward Ryder;
Ray Schnell; Phil Simon; Jack Staub; John Stommel; Janice Strachan;
Todd Wehner; Linda Wessel-Beaver; Mark Widrlechner
Meeting called to order at 8:05 am by John Stommel.
The minutes of the 2001 business meeting were accepted with revision.
(Jack Harlans name was removed as a contact for a workshop proposal
since he is now deceased.)
The deadline for proposing colloquia for the 2003 ASHS Conference
was August 1, 2002. We submitted a colloquium proposal, entitled Genetics,
Genomics, and Human Nutrition. We should know in a couple of weeks
whether it has been approved. If it is not approved as a colloquium,
we will reformat it as a workshop proposal.
We also supported another colloquium proposal from the Organic
Working Group on Organic Farming Systems. We declined to
support the colloquium proposal from the Food Quality, Safety and Health
Properties Working Group since its topic was similar to the proposal
we submitted, but focused more on characterization and food safety issues
rather than on germplasm and breeding and genetics.
We have received a last minute request to support a symposium
on statistics in 2003. It seems to be directed to authors of HortScience
and the Journal and appropriate statistics usage. The group voted to
support this symposium.
Colloquia proposals for 2004 are due on September 1, 2003. Linda
Wessel-Beaver suggested that we work with the Vegetable Breeding Working
Group to sponsor a colloquium on breeding crops for developing countries
via working with and training local breeders and targeting local problems
in those countries, using molecular markers, etc. Linda will be our
representative to develop this proposal.
Workshop proposals for 2003 are due on December 15, 2002. Mark
Widrlechner agreed to develop a workshop on materials collected from
plant expeditions. For example, what happened to collections from China,
characterization of accessions collected, how are they being used, etc.
Suggested speakers are Karen Williams, Phil Simon, and a representative
from the Arnold Arboretum.
The workshop entitled Plant Germplasm Collections: Benefits
of Public and Private Partnerships, that we sponsored for the
2002 meeting, was held last night (August 12). It was well attended
and attracted ASHS members affiliated with ornamental, fruit and vegetable
The ASHS Centennial Planning Committee is requesting a historical
review from each working group. They have requested a short historical
summary of past accomplishments in the working groups discipline
and a focus on future possibilities in the field. A presentation format
for the reviews has not been finalized. Discussion among the group indicated
that it might be best to combine with Vegetable Breeding and Fruit Breeding
working groups, since genetics and germplasm is tightly linked with
breeding work. Members were worried about scheduling conflicts. If we
do something, curators should take the lead. A suggestion was made to
do a review of germplasm collection and use, future use, characterizations,
genetics, long-term storage issues. Ray Schnell agreed to lead work
on this project. Additional guidelines are expected from ASHS.
In 2000, we were reminded that we may establish a Germplasm and
Genetics Award that could be awarded to individuals in recognition
of distinguished accomplishments. It was agreed that the Frank Meyer
Award that the Tri-Societies awards has fulfilled past needs. Discussion
from the group questioned whether the Frank Meyer Award is still given.
Phil Simon was the past ASHS liaison. However, there has been no activity
for a number of years. Phil Simon and John Stommel agreed to investigate
the current status of the Frank Meyer Award.
Dennis Decoteau, the Education Vice President, dropped in and
asked how everyone was enjoying the IHC and solicited feedback on IHC
format, scheduling, etc.
Election of new Secretary: Becky Grube (USDA, ARS, Salinas,
CA) was nominated and accepted as secretary for 2003, chair-elect 2004,
and chair 2005.
The meeting was adjourned.