L. German-Ribon
The scientific community studying the carnation, breeders and propagators, growers, and in general, persons with a strong interest in carnation culture, management, quality and commercialisation, have met here on occasion of the Fourth International Symposium on Carnation.

Colombia, as the first carnation producer in the world, for the first time hosts one of the most important floricultural events.

During the Symposium, we have had the opportunity of learning about the most recent developments in phytosanitary control, propagation and quality control. The most important achievements in biotechnology, and the most interesting and accurate marketing analyses on a worldwide level. Equally, we have stressed once more the importance of breeders rights and the effort involved in the development of new varieties.

When I was asked to deliver a closing address at the Symposium, I was not instructed on what I should specifically refer to. However, looking over the list of participants, some topics upon which we should reflect have come to my mind.

To us colombians, the most appropriate topic is research. To foreigners, it is the image of Colombia as it is projected to the world.

German-Ribon, L. (1992). CLOSING ADDRESS. Acta Hortic. 307, 213-216
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.1992.307.26

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