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New Crops News, Spring 1991, Vol. 1 No. 1

Second National Symposium
NEW CROPS

Exploration, Research, Commercialization
6-9 October 1991
Indianapolis, Indiana

The Board of Directors of the Indiana Corporation for Science and Technology (CST) has approved the cosponsorship of the Second National Symposium on New Crops. Organized by James Simon and Jules Janick of Purdue University, the Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Indianapolis in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops and the International Society for Horticultural Science. Other cosponsors include: The American Society for Horticultural Science, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, The Society for Economic Botany, and the Center for Alternative Plant and Animal Products at the Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul.

The objectives of the Symposium are to: 1) determine the status of new crops research and development nationally and internationally; 2) explore the potential of new crops, new uses for existing and underexploited crops, and to identify constraints to commercialization; and 3) develop strategies for the establishment of cooperative partnerships between state, federal, and industrial organizations.

This intensive Symposium will provide a national forum for leading authorities from industry, government, agricultural experiment stations, and academia to discuss the status and future of new crops development in North America. Lectures and panel discussions will provide overviews and detailed analyses on a wide range of new crops, including cereals and pseudocereals, forages and grains, oilseeds, fiber and energy crops, fruits, vegetables, floral and landscape plants, and aromatics, medicinals, and biologically-active plants.

Call for Posters

An integral part of the Symposium will be the poster sessions. The posters will provide an opportunity to become familiar with the latest research and development projects in new crops and plant products and an opportunity for presenting original research to an audience with very similar research interests. The poster display will be adjacent to the meeting rooms for easy and convenient access and will be open for viewing during the entire Symposium. On Sunday, the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops will conduct their annual business meeting.

Symposium

Abstracts for the posters are due 1 May 1991. Check the appropriate box on the accompanying form if you are interested in presenting a poster. Instructions and special forms for submitting the abstract will be sent to you. All abstracts will be reviewed for scientific and technological content prior to acceptance. Authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts for inclusion in the Proceedings of the Symposium. The Proceedings of the first symposium entitled Advances in New Crops was recently issued by Timber Press, Portland Oregon. This may be ordered by phone (1-800-327-5680).

Exhibits

Space will be available for academic and commercial exhibits ($300 per booth). Check the accompanying form to receive further information on exhibits. Exhibits will be open for viewing during the entire Symposium.

Program

In addition to poster presentations, the Symposium will feature seven technical sessions on the following topics:
  1. New Crops: Policy and Politics
  2. International Developments in New Crops
  3. North American Forecast, including industry outlook, regional development, and provincial and state new crops centers.
  4. Genetic Engineering in Oilseed and Industrial Crops
  5. Status of New Crops Research (two concurrent sessions): a) fruits, vegetables, floral and landscape plants, aromatics, medicinals, and biologically-active plants; and b) cereals and pseudocereals, forages and grains, oilseeds, fiber and energy crops.
  6. Exploration and New Crops
  7. Industrial Crops: Routes to Commercialization

The featured speaker at the banquet on Tuesday (8 Oct.) will be Jack Harlan addressing the topic of new crops exploration.

Partial List of Speakers

David Andrews (Univ of Nebraska), Mary Lu Arpaia (Univ. of California), Dick Auld (Univ. of Idaho), Robert Bertram (AID), Glenn Burton (USDA/Tifton), Katrina Cornish (USDA/Albany), Jonathan Crane (Univ. of Florida), Hugo Dooner (DNA Plant Technology), James Duke (USDA/Beltsville), Lowell Ewart (Michigan State Univ.), Cary Fowler (Rural Advancement Fund International), Steve Garton (NPI Inc.), Robert Griesbach (USDA/Beltsville), Jack Harlan, Charles E. Hess (USDA/Washington), Jules Janick (Purdue Univ.), Duane Johnson (Colorado State Univ.), Steve J. Knapp (Oregon State Univ.), Dan Kugler(USDA/Washington), Mary Lamberts (Univ. of Florida), Arthur Loughton (Ontario Ministry of Agric. and Food), Brian Lawrence (R.J. Reynolds), Richard McCain (Quail Mountain Farms), Bruce Macdonald (Univ. of British Columbia), Fred Meyer, Fredrick Muehlbauer (USDA/Pullman), Henry Shands (USDA/Beltsville), James Simon (Purdue Univ.), Calvin Sperling (USDA/Beltsville), Gill Stallnecht (Montana State Univ.), Anson Thompson (USDA/Phoenix), Ken Vogel (USDA/Lincoln), Luther Waters (Univ. of Minnesota), Trevor Williams (IBPGRIFAR), and Francis Zee (USDA/Hilo).

Housing and Transportation

The Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. Lecture rooms, poster area, and restaurants are of excellent quality. Hotel and lodging information (including reservation cards) will be sent to those indicating interest in the Symposium (see accompanying form). Reservations also can be made directly with the hotel by telephone (317/632-1234): be sure to mention that you are attending the New Crops symposium to receive the special rate ($70/night; one to four individuals per room). Since a limited number of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it is important that you reserve a room early.

For information about accommodations in the Indianapolis area, contact Kathy Hyman, Division of Continuing Education, 110 Stewart Center, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN 47907 (phone 765/494-2758).

Most commercial airlines fly into the Indianapolis International Airport. Irvine Travel Service in West Lafayette Indiana has arranged a special travel discount with USAir and American Airlines. These discounts are 5% off the lowest applicable fare (including supersavers), or 40% off the regular coach fare. You must meet all restrictions that are in effect on the date of ticketing. Please contact Jewel McKinney-Smith or Vicki Cowger on Irvine Travel’s toll-free number 800-227-7477, FAX 765-743-2123, or telex 495-0449. Or write to Irvine Travel Conference Department, 127 Northwestern Ave., West Lafayette, IN 47906, 765-743-2116. Taxi service from the airport to the Hyatt Regency Hotel is available at a nominal fee. A commercial parking garage, adjacent to the hotel, is available for those driving to the conference.

Registration

Registration fee for the Symposium is $175 if postmarked before 1 July 1991 and $200 after that date. This fee includes a copy of the program and abstract book, a copy of the Proceedings, and one banquet ticket. Student registration fee is $50 (Proceedings and banquet ticket not included). Registration forms will be sent to those indicating interest in attending the Symposium (see accompanying form); the form will also be published in a forthcoming issue of the ASHS Newsletter.

For Further Information Contact:

Conference: Jim Simon, Department of Horticulture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (phone 765/494-1328).

Program: Jules Janick, Department of Horticulture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (phone 765/494-1329), Henry Shands, USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705 (phone 301/344-3311), or Anson B. Thompson, US Water Conservation Lab, 4431 East Broadway, Phoenix AZ 85040 (phone 602/379-4356).

Housing: Kathy Hyman, Division of Continuing Education, 110 Stewart Center, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN 47907 (phone 765/494-2758).


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