Plant Diversity In Crops And Gardens

The mass production of food crops by corporate farms has led to a decline in plant diversity. What's being done to maintain the genetic diversity of plants grown as food crops, and is there anything small-scale gardeners can do to help? In this hour, we'll talk about preserving plant diversity in agricultural crops and backyard gardens. Guests: Steve Eberhart Director, National Seed Storage Laboratory Agricultural Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture Fort Collins, Colorado Alan Kapuler (CAP-you-ler) Director, Research Co-founder Seeds of Change Corvallis, Oregon Susan McCouch (mc-KOOCH) Assistant Professor, Plant Breeding and International Agriculture Cornell University Ithaca, New York Plus, a callout on a blue pike that spent the last thirty years in an Ohio man's freezer, and what that fish may tell scientists about the fate of the pike in Lake Erie. Carol Stepien Assistant Professor, Biology Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio

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