Fruit Gardener

Volume 44, No. 5 - September & October 2012

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Photo by
Tim Alfeld

Features

Fighting Huanglongbing
Dr. Erik Mirkov, a plant pathologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, Texas, is already standing where some fear to tread. He assessed the dreaded HLB disease and its vector, the Asian citrus psyllid. Knowing their seemingly hopeless portent for the U.S. citrus industry, he came up with an idea. Drawing upon the existing knowledge base of genetic engineering he tried something new involving spinach and its broad spectrum resistance to bacteria and fungi. Initial results promise immunity to the disease.
 
An Often Misunderstood Concept
Despite his skill with a camera and the wonderful photographs he produces, David Karp
can always be counted on to look beyond the obvious and find solid information that
makes sense. In this case he carefully defines heirloom and what it means to the fruit world.
 
The Flying Saucer Fruit
Marco T.C. Lacerda & Antonio L. Morschbacker have clearly done an exhaustive literature search to reveal the history in this article. Even if the scholarly aspects of such a study don’t interest you, perhaps this new information about cambuci, or Campomanesia phaea, will.
 
Queensland's Botanical
Still cold-trailing, Bev Alfeld and son Tim hit the jackpot on this leg of their Australian trek.
In the Queensland rainforest they discovered a jewel pretty much hidden away in the midst of all the greenery: The Botanical Ark. This is an amazing place developed by an amazing couple— former Americans, of all things. These folks and their accomplishments and what they do for the indigneous poor of tropical nations in various places could make yet another story.
 
News & Notices

CRFG Officers, Chapters and Services
CRFG Membership
Departments

Ask The Experts—HEIRLOOMS, INVASIVES, GENE SWAPPING
Fruit Forum
Jamming with Jamlady—QUEENSLAND'S BOTANICAL ARK
From Grove to Stove—REALITY COOKING SHOWS
The Marketplace
Seed Bank

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