Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication - Journal Articles, External Publications, and Special Reports
Gene banks pay big dividends to agriculture, the environment, and human welfare


Johnson, R. C. 2008. Gene banks pay big dividends to agriculture, the environment, and human welfare. Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology. 6(6): 1152-1155.

Nearly a century after the pioneering American apple tree purveyor Johnny Appleseed traveled from town to town planting nurseries in the Midwestern United States, Frans Nicholas Meijer left his Netherlands home to pursue a similar vocation as an "agricultural explorer" for the US Department of Agriculture. Over the course of his career, Meijer, who changed his name to Frank Meyer after reaching the New World, helped introduce over 2,500 foreign plants from Europe, Russia, and China, including the lemon that would bear his name. Starting with his first expedition for Asian plants in 1905, Meyer would encounter isolation, physical discomfort, disease, robbers, and revolutionaries in his quest to collect useful plants.

Keywords: gene banks, germplasm, seed bank collections


About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download Article
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_other/rmrs_2008_johnson_r002.pdf

PDF File Size: 270 K


Title: RMRS Other Publications: Gene banks pay big dividends to agriculture, the environment, and human welfare
Electronic Publish Date: September 25, 2009
Last Update:
September 25, 2009

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us