Campus Units

North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station

Document Type

Poster

Conference

Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2005

Journal or Book Title

Combined Proeeedings of the International Plant Propagators' Society

Volume

55

First Page

439

Last Page

440

Conference Title

Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society

Conference Date

October 3-6, 2005

City

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Abstract

Echinacea is a well-established, high-value crop, both as an ornamental and dietary supplement. A comprehensive collection of Echinacea germplasm is currently held at the USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station (NCRPIS) in Ames, Iowa, and is available via seed distribution for research purposes . The NCRPIS's mission includes: (1) The conservation of genetically diverse crop germplasm through collection and acquisition; (2) The conduct of germplasm-related research; and (3) The encouragement of the use of the germplasm collections and associated information for research, crop improvement, and product development.

Representing all nine species collected throughout their respective North American geographic ranges, the Echinacea collect.ion includes 159 accessions (Table 1). Extensive morphological characterization data associated with t.he collection have been assembled and are available to researchers to aid in select.ion criteria. The collection has been used extensively for various research projects ranging from ornamental breeding studies for the horticulture trade to HPLC analysis of metabolites of interest to the phytopharmaceutical industry.

Germplasm is collected and made available for distribution through a series of steps. Those steps include: (1) Acquisition and exploration; (2) Regeneration and evaluation; (3) Dormancy and germination stu dies; (4) Seed propagation in field cages with pollinating insects; (5) Harvesting, drying, cleaning, and processing seeds; (6) Long-term storage under cont.rolled conditions; and (7) Distribution for research purposes.

Comments

This is a poster presented at Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society (2005).

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