EXPLORATION, COLLECTION AND EVALUATIONS OF CHILEAN FRAGARIA: SUMMARY OF 1990 AND 1992 EXPEDITIONS
In 1990 and 1992, germplasm exploration expeditions were designed and implemented for the systematic collection of Fragaria in central and southern Chile. Both expeditions were funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in cooperation with the Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias (INIA) of Chile. Over the course of two expeditions, more than 7000 plants and 156 seedlots (2–300,000 seeds) of Fragaria were collected from 130 sites in less than two months while traveling more than 10,000 km. In Chile, Fragaria are adapted to a wide range of habitats including beaches, pastures, woodlands and mountains. In some areas, populations have been lost to habitat destruction while others remain threatened. Collected germplasm is being preserved and evaluated in the USA and Chile as it contains many valuable characteristics relating to productivity, fruit quality, pest resistance and stress tolerance.
Scott Cameron, J., Sjulin, Thomas M., Ballington, James R., Shanks Jr, Carl H., Munoz, Carlos E. and Lavin, A. (1993). EXPLORATION, COLLECTION AND EVALUATIONS OF CHILEAN FRAGARIA: SUMMARY OF 1990 AND 1992 EXPEDITIONS. Acta Hortic. 348, 65-74